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CJEU Case T-251/18 / Judgment

International Forum for Sustainable Underwater Activities (IFSUA) v Council of the European Union

Policy area:
Maritime Affairs And Fisheries
Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
General Court (First Chamber)
Decision date:

Key facts of the case:

Fisheries — Conservation of marine biological resources — Regulation (EU) 2018/120 — Measures concerning the fishing for European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) — Action for annulment brought by an association — Article 263 TFEU — Regulatory act not entailing implementing measures — Direct concern of the members of the association — Admissibility — Competence of the European Union to regulate recreational fisheries — Legal certainty — Protection of legitimate expectations — Equal treatment — Principle of non-discrimination — Proportionality — Precautionary principle — Freedom of association and freedom to conduct a business.

Outcome of the case:

On those grounds, THE GENERAL COURT (First Chamber) hereby:

  1. Dismisses the action;
  2. Orders the International Forum for Sustainable Underwater Activities (IFSUA) to bear its own costs and to pay those incurred by the Council of the European Union, including those relating to the proceedings for interim measures;
  3. Orders the European Commission to bear its own costs.