Article 39 - Right to vote and to stand as a candidate at elections to the European Parliament
Article 49 - Principles of legality and proportionality of criminal offences and penalties
Article 51 - Field of application
Article 52 - Scope and interpretation
Key facts of the case:
REQUEST for a preliminary ruling under Article 267 TFEU from the tribunal d’instance de Bordeaux (France), made by decision of 7 November 2013, received at the Court on 9 December 2013, in the proceedings Thierry Delvigne v Commune de Lesparre-Médoc, Préfet de la Gironde.
Results (sanctions) and key consequences of the case:
...the Court (Grand Chamber) hereby rules:
Article 39(2) and the last sentence of Article 49(1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union must be interpreted as not precluding legislation of a Member State, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which excludes, by operation of law, from those entitled to vote in elections to the European Parliament persons who, like the applicant in the main proceedings, were convicted of a serious crime and whose conviction became final before 1 March 1994.