Maarten Aalbers LLM is PhD candidate in EU law at Leiden Law School and Member of the Leiden Expert Group on State Aid at Leiden University and Editor at The Dutch Journal on State AidProfile page
What is so special about special beer from Belgium?” “Is professional football about culture or cash?” This blog will discuss these questions by investigating to what extend invoking cultural interests can result in a free pass from EU internal market law.
The interpretation of EU law takes two to tango: the ECJ and national courts. In Euroseaneamientos the ECJ waltzes over important legal questions on internal market law without taking into consideration the programme du bal of the national courts.
In a recent judgment the European Court of Justice clarified the scope of the Services Directive. The outcome of the Hiebler case shows that the Court relies on competition law case law when balancing public interests and fundamental freedoms.