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Case C-42/97 Parliament v Council (Linguistic Diversity) [1999]


  • Decision 96/664 on the promotion of linguistic diversity suggested, from its title, that it should be based on a culture-related legal base
  • The decision was actually adopted on the basis of a an economic legal base


  • Was the decision void?


  • No


  • A legal measure’s ideal legal base should not be assessed just from its title; but also its aim
  • There was a clear economic aim to the decision, with ancillary cultural benefits
  • The economic legal base was correctly used
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