The Infringement Procedure under Articles 258 & 260 TFEU - A practical overview

19-20/Jun/2014  •  Luxembourg

Project Leader
Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz
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Target group
This practical and interactive seminar targets all public sector employees, who are in charge of or involved in the transposition of EU law and state officials and legal counsellors answering / preparing the defences of the State in all stages of the infringement procedure, irrespective of the level of government or origin of the case (i.e. national, regional and local level). The programme is also relevant to private practicing lawyers, consultants and other interested actors from the private sector, who wish to update their knowledge of the infringement procedure and obtain a comprehensive overview.

As “Guardian of the Treaties”, one of the tasks entrusted to the European Commission by article 17 of the Treaty on European Union is to oversee the application of EU law. The infringement procedure – articles 258 to 260 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – is one of the enforcement mechanisms that can be applied by the Commission against a Member State whenever the Commission is of the opinion that the Member State is in breach of its obligations under European Union law.

Learning methodology
Presentations, discussions and case studies. All sessions will include question and answer periods and the possibility to exchange experiences.

The objective of this seminar is to present a practical analysis of the infringement procedure with a view to improving the capacity and quality of responses to Commission investigations of potential infringements. This seminar provides a practical overview of the infringement procedures, the role of the Commission and the position of the Member States (e.g. how to avoid a Court case and possible defences).