|Entry into force||entered into force 17 October 2002 in first fifteen Member States; Cyprus, Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania and Latvia have ratified|
|Status||would be partly replaced if proposed Directive on fraud against EC is agreed (see Semdoc Legislative Observatory): Protocol
|Member States' positions||Fourteen of the ‘old’ Member States (all except UK) have given jurisdiction to the Court; eleven of them give jurisdiction to all national courts or tribunals to send references (Ireland, Portugal and Spain allow only final courts to refer); all three of the new Member States have given jurisdiction to the Court (Lithuania allows all courts and tribunals to refer; Latvia and Slovakia allow final courts to refer)|
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