European Court of Justice

Since the establishment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in 1952, its mission has been to ensure that "the law is observed" "in the interpretation and application" of the Treaties.

The ECJs main responsibilities are to review the legality of the acts of the institutions of the European Union, ensure that the Member States comply with obligations under the Treaties, and to interpret European Union law at the request of the national courts and tribunals.

The ECJ acts as the judicial authority of the European Union ensuring uniform application and interpretation of EU law, always in cooperation with the courts and tribunals of the Member States

The Court has its seat in Luxembourg.

Any aggrieved party alleging violation of primary and/or subsidiary provisions of treaties with regards to Member States of the European Union may initiate proceedings for the purposes of safeguarding rights and responsibilities conferred upon member states and its citizens. Any issue of interpretation can be resolved through preliminary rulings.