The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee of the United Kingdom Parliament has published an interesting report on the confused state of application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in national law.
The Court of Justice handed down an interesting decision on 6 March 2014 in Case C-206/13 Cruciano Siragusa v Regione Sicilia. The judgment does two things: it declines to answer a preliminary question referred to it on the grounds it has no jurisdiction and it describes when the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the general principles of EU law come into play and when they don’t.
In short, the judgment doesn’t say anything especially new but it does set out clearly when there is a connection can be established between national litigation and EU law. Continue reading