Happy Europe Day and CJEU conference on Van Gend & Loos

Today is Europe Day so I wish our readers a very fine day today. We celebrate that it is exactly 63 years ago that French minister of Foreign Affairs Robert Schuman announced the beginning of European supranational cooperation with the Schuman declaration. I’ve always really liked the speech; it’s a nice mix of vision and practical thinking on European cooperation.

Anyway, I would also like to draw your attention to a pretty awesome conference organized by the CJEU next Monday. That’s right: the Court itself is organizing a conference which is open to all. But it gets better. Not only is it on a cool topic (reflection on 50 years since the Van Gend & Loos judgment), but it will also be broadcast live on the internet. So we can follow the conference from all around the globe without having to go to Luxembourg. You can find the programme here (with some excellent speakers), the link to the live stream is here. The conference starts at 9.30 AM UTC+01:00 on May 13.


  1. Daniel

    Thanks for the information! One quick question, will the video be available after de conference, or it is only live that we can watch it?

  2. Christopher Brown

    Contrary to expectations, perhaps, the whole thing was recorded and can be watched via the link on the CURIA site. I have only watched Joe Weiler’s 10 minutes-long scene-setting just after the President’s introductory words, which was quite interesting.

    • Laurens Ankersmit

      Thanks Christopher for pointing that out, it’s still working indeed. Great service really by the CJEU. I hope we can join in over livestream during the public hearings of cases in the future too.

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