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Opinion 1/17: Opinion of the Court (Full Court) of 30 April 2019 — Kingdom of Belgium (Opinion pursuant to Article 218(11) TFEU — Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part (CETA) — Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) — Establishment of a Tribunal and an Appellate Tribunal — Compatibility with primary EU law — Requirement to respect the autonomy of the EU legal order — Level of protection of public interests determined, in accordance with the EU constitutional framework, by the EU institutions — Equal treatment of Canadian investors and EU investors — Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union — Article 20 — Access to the above Tribunals and their independence — Article 47 of the Charter — Financial accessibility — Commitment to guarantee that accessibility for natural persons and small and medium-sized enterprises — External and internal aspects of the requirement of independence — Appointment, remuneration and ethics of the Members — Role of the CETA Joint Committee — Binding interpretations of the CETA determined by that Committee)

OJ C 220, 1.7.2019, p. 2–2 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

1.7.2019   

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Official Journal of the European Union

C 220/2


Opinion of the Court (Full Court) of 30 April 2019 — Kingdom of Belgium

(Opinion 1/17) OJ C 369, 30.10.2017.

(Opinion pursuant to Article 218(11) TFEU - Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part (CETA) - Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) - Establishment of a Tribunal and an Appellate Tribunal - Compatibility with primary EU law - Requirement to respect the autonomy of the EU legal order - Level of protection of public interests determined, in accordance with the EU constitutional framework, by the EU institutions - Equal treatment of Canadian investors and EU investors - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Article 20 - Access to the above Tribunals and their independence - Article 47 of the Charter - Financial accessibility - Commitment to guarantee that accessibility for natural persons and small and medium-sized enterprises - External and internal aspects of the requirement of independence - Appointment, remuneration and ethics of the Members - Role of the CETA Joint Committee - Binding interpretations of the CETA determined by that Committee)

(2019/C 220/02)

Language of the case: all the official languages

Applicant

Kingdom of Belgium (represented by: C. Pochet, L. Van den Broeck, M. Jacobs and J.-C. Halleux, acting as Agents)

Operative part of the Opinion

Section F of Chapter Eight of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, signed in Brussels on 30 October 2016, is compatible with EU primary law.


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