Article 267 reference

Also known as reference for a preliminary ruling. Formerly known as a reference under Article 177 of the Treaty of Rome or Article 234 of the EC Treaty. A procedure under Article 267 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) ( www.practicallaw.com/A35020) whereby national courts, in the course of proceedings before them, can put questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union ( www.practicallaw.com/A36017) (ECJ) either on the interpretation of relevant parts of the TFEU or relevant secondary legislation or on the constitutionality of relevant secondary legislation. The purpose is to try to ensure a uniform application of EU law throughout the European Union ( www.practicallaw.com/A36027). The ECJ is always careful to avoid expressing a view on how its ruling should be applied in the context of the national proceedings.

For further details, see Practice note, Seeking a reference to the ECJ ( www.practicallaw.com/6-385-3324) and EU Survival Kit: European Courts ( www.practicallaw.com/3-501-9154) .

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