Euro filibuster

Luxembourg has delayed the implementation of the European Rights of Establishment Directive, adopted by the Council of Ministers in December and due to come into force in the year 2000, by filing an action to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in an attempt to annul the directive. Patrick Oliver, spokesperson at the joint office of the Law Societies of England, Wales and Scotland in Brussels, said the motion for annulment was made on the grounds that the directive should have been adopted by a unanimous vote rather than by qualified majority. But he added that the overwhelming view in Brussels held that the qualified majority vote was the right interpretation of European law. The ECJ will make a decision within a year.