A Guidebook to Working Practices of the Supreme Courts
Judicial Review and Cooperation series
Chapter 4: Introductory report
The European Union is undergoing a major economic crisis. In a climate marked by the fear of recession and fed by the serious threats weighing on the future of the euro zone from ‘the debt crisis’, political debate is now tinged with the sombre tints of austerity and restraint. Tired of the temporising of too many States, economic reality has now reminded us of the urgent need for a return to a budgetary equilibrium for too long postponed sine die. Under pressure from the current economic situation, reducing public expenditure is now the watchword. It therefore seemed appropriate to take another look at how the activity of the EU Supreme Courts is financed in order to amplify the report devoted to this topic in 2006 by Mr Lech Gardocki with a view, in particular, to the impact of the current economic situation on the budgets of the Supreme Courts in the Network. The great majority of those Courts replied to the Questionnaire sent to them. The proposed summary of their replies will focus on three main areas, dealing first with the budgetary resources of the Supreme Courts (1) and how they are managed (2), before going on to consider the budgetary impact of the present European economic situation (3).
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