CJEU Statistics for 2011 – Average duration of case almost 1.5 years

A browse through the 2011 Annual Report for the CJEU reveals some interesting statistics.

Of the 688 new cases commenced in the CJEU that year, only 12 of them were concerned with Public Procurement. Of those 12, there were 9 references for a preliminary ruling and 3 appeals. In the General Court, of the total of 722 new cases, 18 concerned Public Procurement.

There were a total of 551 completed CJEU cases in 2011 of which 7 concerned Public Procurement. In the General Court there were 714 completed cases of which 15 concerned public procurement.

Over the period 2007-11 Greece headed the table of shame with over 70 new actions against it for failures to fulfil its obligations with Italy not far behind. During the same period, Neither Bulgaria or Latvia suffered a single action of that kind. The UK was mid-table with 23 actions against it.

During the same 5 year period, Italy took over with in excess of 60 Judgements in completed cases for failures to fulfil its obligations.

The duration of individual cases between 2007 and 2011 dropped slightly with references for a preliminary ruling taking an average of 19.3 months in 2007, falling to 16.4 months in 2011. The average duration of a direct action, however, rose from 18.2 months to 20.2 months during the same period.

Looking at more general trends, since 1952 the Germans have been the most litigious Member State with 1,885 new references for a preliminary ruling. The UK’s total is a more modest (though still high) 531. Greece, on the end of so many infraction proceedings has launched only 160 references for a preliminary ruling since 1952.

Finally, over the period 1952-2011 Italy is way out in front with a total of 628 actions against it for failure to fulfil its obligations.

If you have a thirst for more, the full text of the 2011 Annual Report is available on the Curia website.

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