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ESM, Union Institutions and EU Treaties: A Symbiotic Relationship: (Joint Cases C-8/15 P to C-10/15 P (Ledra Advertising Ltd Et Al) and Joint Cases C-105/15 P to C-109/15 P (Mallis and Malli Et Al)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-33
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal for Financial Services
Volume2017
Issue number1
Published2 Apr 2017

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Abstract

On 20 September 2016 the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice delivered two landmark judgments pertaining to the bail-in measures that applied to two Cypriot banks (Bank of Cyprus and Popular (“Laiki”) Bank) in 2013. The judgments deal with three novel constitutional issues relating to judicial protection: First, the legal status of the Eurogroup, the reviewability of its output and the role of the Union institutions involved therein. Second, the EU Treaties’ limitations on the participation of Union institutions in the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Union institutions’ liability when acting in that context. Finally, the permissible restrictions on the right to property under the EU Charter in the light of a bail-in. These rulings aim to reduce the legal uncertainty within the EMU’s governance. They are part of the litigation generated by the euro crisis which can be divided in two categories: First, the litigation pertaining to the normative and institutional developments in the EMU’s governance (see Pringle, Gauweiler); second, cases challenging the macroeconomic conditionality accompanying the financial assistance programmes to member states and respective austerity measures (e.g. ADEDY).

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