On 21–22 April, the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (SACL) and the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union (ACA-Europe) hosted the seminar ‘The Protection of Legitimate Expectations in Administrative Law and EU Law’ where representatives of the supreme administrative jurisdictions from more than twenty European states as well as judges and lawyers of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania shared their insights, the approach and case law developed in their countries in the area of protection of legitimate expectations.
International seminars on various legal issues are among the traditional events held by the ACA-Europe together with its members. The event in Vilnius was preceded by twenty questionnaire replies (national reports) which formed the basis for the General Report on the practice of ACA-Europe members in the area of protection of legitimate expectations.
The participants were welcomed by Mr Irmantas Jarukaitis, acting President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania, on the first day of the seminar. He also opened a series of the seminar presentations with an overview of general trends of the principle of legitimate expectations in Europe and highlighted the main aspects of the application of this principle in Lithuania. Mr Klaus Rennert, President of the Federal Administrative Court of Germany, analysed the approach to the principle of legitimate expectations in Germany. Discussions were further triggered by the presentation of Ms Marie Gautier-Melleray, Master of Petitions at the Council of State of France – she considered with discernment the expediency and necessity of the principle of legitimate expectations in French legal order and addressed the reasons why the principle has not received any formal recognition in France. After the invitation by the moderator, SACL judge Skirgailė Žalimienė, to join in discussions, the seminar participants discussed the differences of application of the principle of legitimate expectations in member institutions and shared their insights on linguistic, historical and other factors that can explain those differences.
The second day of the seminar was opened by a presentation by Mr Michal Bobek, Advocate General of the Court of Justice, who highlighted the issues of the EU law and the case law of the Court of Justice most relevant in the context of the seminar. Mr Frank Clarke, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland, focused on the protection of legitimate expectations under common-law legal system. His presentation was followed by a speech of Mr Tomáš Langášek, Judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic, who provided an overview of the case law developed in the Czech Republic. Mr Peter van Buuren, State Councillor of the Council of State of the Netherlands, described the protection of legitimate expectations in the Netherlands. On the second day of the seminar, the participants continued sharing their insights and experience, exploring the similarities and differences in different European legal frameworks – the multicultural environment and diversity of opinion were, undoubtedly, one of the most distinct characteristics of this event.
Mr Irmantas Jarukaitis, acting President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania, highly appreciates the opportunity provided to Lithuania to host the seminar this year: ‘The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania has been an active member of international communities of the judiciary right after the establishment of the Court and has continued to foster international relations. The fact that we are hosting the ACA-Europe seminar this time rather than merely participating shows that today the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania is a strong and reliable partner for the courts in Europe with long-standing democratic traditions. Such international trust is not only a compliment but also a commitment to retain and raise the standards we set for ourselves in the future’.
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