Primacy of EU law: MEPs travel to the Czech Republic

Primacy of EU law: MEPs travel to the Czech Republic


Next week, the two co-rapporteurs on the implementation of the principle of primacy of EU law will look into the implications of the Landtová case.

On 23 May, Cyrus Engerer (S&D, MT) from the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) and Yana Toom (Renew, EE) from the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) will travel to Brno on a fact-finding mission to assess the implementation of the principle of primacy of EU law.

This mission was organised in light of the Czech Constitutional Court’s decision relating to the prior judgement of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on the Marie Landtová vs Česká správa sociálního zabezpečení (Czech Social Security Administration) case. In its decision, the Czech Constitutional Court declared that European rules governing pension system co-ordination cannot not be applied to this entirely specific situation, which goes back to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, and that the CJEU exceeded its powers, by accidentally overlooking the facts.

The MEPs will meet Czech constitutional court judges and academics to hear their views on the relationship between the EU and national law and the implications of the decision for EU legal integration. The co-rapporteurs aim to put together recommendations, which they intend to include in their upcoming report.

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