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CJEU - Joined cases C 201/11 P, C 204/11 P and C 205/11 P / Opinion

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) v European Commission

Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Opinion of Advocate General
Type:
Opinion
Decision date:
12/12/2012
Key facts of the case:
  1. The present appeals are concerned with disputes relating primarily to the scope of the examination which the European Commission must carry out in respect of the list of events of major importance for the society of a Member State (‘the national list’) which each Member State may draw up under Article 3a(1) of Council Directive 89/552/EEC. (2)
  2. The purpose of including an event on the national list is to ensure that a wide audience may follow the event via live or deferred coverage on free television. Within a period of three months from notification by a Member State, the Commission is to verify that the national list is compatible with European Union law and communicate it to the other Member States in order to ensure mutual recognition on their part.
  3. In Case C‑201/11 P, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) requests the Court of Justice to set aside the judgment of the General Court of 17 February 2011 in Case T‑55/08 UEFA v Commission, (3) by which the General Court confirmed the validity of Decision 2007/730/EC (4) in which the Commission approved the inclusion of the entire UEFA European Football Championship (‘the EURO’) on the national list of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  4. In Case C‑204/11 P, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) requests the Court of Justice to set aside the judgment of the General Court of 17 February 2011 in Case T‑385/07 FIFA v Commission, (5) by which the General Court confirmed the validity of Decision 2007/479/EC (6) in which the Commission approved the inclusion of all the matches played in the FIFA World Cup (‘the World Cup’) on the national list of the Kingdom of Belgium. 
  5. In Case C‑205/11 P, FIFA requests the Court of Justice to set aside the judgment of the General Court of 17 February 2011 in Case T‑68/08 FIFA v Commission, (7) by which the General Court confirmed the validity of Decision 2007/730 in which the Commission approved the inclusion of the entire World Cup on the national list of the United Kingdom.
Results (sanctions) and key consequences of the case:
 
I suggest that the Court rule as follows:
  1. The appeal in Case C‑201/11 P is dismissed. In accordance with Article 138 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice of the European Union, UEFA is ordered to bear its own costs and pay the costs incurred by the European Commission in the present appeal.
  2. The appeal in Case C‑204/11 P is dismissed. In accordance with Article 138 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice, FIFA is ordered to bear its own costs and pay the costs incurred by the European Commission in the present appeal.
  3. The appeal in Case C 205/11 P is dismissed. In accordance with Article 138 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice, FIFA is ordered to bear its own costs and pay the costs incurred by the European Commission in the present appeal.
  4. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Kingdom of Belgium are ordered to bear their own costs, in accordance with Article 140 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice.