CJEU Case C-872/19 P | Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v Council of the European Union

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Information Guide concerning Case C-872/19 P from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which relates to restrictive measures imposed by the European Union (EU) against Venezuela and the action for annulment brought by a third State.

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The Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EU) 2017/2063 in November 2017, concerning sanctions in view of the situation in Venezuela. In February 2018, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela brought an action before the CJEU's General Court for annulment against the Regulation, in so far as its provisions concern it. The General Court considered that Venezuela had not demonstrated that it was directly concerned by the measures. It followed that Venezuela lacked the necessary standing to maintain its annulment action.

Venezuela appealed in November 2019 against the judgment of the General Court. An Opinion of the Advocate General was released on 20 January 2021, stating that a third State may have legal standing in an action for annulment of restrictive measures adopted by the Council against the State. From that follows that the General Court erred in law.

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CJEU CURIA: Case C-872/19 P | Venezuela v Council http://curia.europa.eu/juris/documents.jsf?num=C-872/19P
CJEU: Press Release No. 6/21, 20/01/2021: Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-872/19 P Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v Council of the European Union https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2021-01/cp210006en.pdf

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