Shindler v Council of the European Union

European Union – Community institutions. Council Decision (EU, Euratom) (authorising the opening of negotiations with the UK for an agreement setting out the arrangements for the UK's withdrawal from the EU) which did not produce binding legal effects capable of affecting the interests of the applicants by bringing about a distinct change in their legal position, could not be the subject of an action for annulment. Further, the applicants, who were not directly concerned by the contested decision, did not have standing to bring proceedings pursuant to the fourth paragraph of art 263 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Consequently, the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed the applicants' application, pursuant to art 263 TFEU, for annulment of that decision.

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