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Case C-370/12 Pringle v Government of Ireland [2012]


  • Pringle, an Irish MP, objected to Ireland’s participation in the European Stability Mechanism (ESM)
  • He claimed that the participation was contrary to the Irish constitution, incompatible with EU Treaties and was based on an unlawful Council decision


  • Was the Council decision adopted unlawful?


  • No


  • The ESM was established outside of the scope of the treaties
  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union will not apply as it may not extend  EU law competencies
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