Campus Oil v. Minister for Industry and Energy

Case 72/83, 1984 E.C.R. 2727 (1984)

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Campus Oil v. Minister for Industry and Energy

European Union Court of Justice
Case 72/83, 1984 E.C.R. 2727 (1984)

Facts

Under Irish law, companies that imported oil into Ireland were required to purchase a percentage of the oil from Ireland’s state-owned oil-refining company. The price for these purchases was set by Ireland on the basis of the cost incurred by the refinery. Campus Oil Limited (plaintiff) brought a lawsuit in Ireland arguing that the law violated the provision of community law prohibiting European Union (EU) member states from restricting imports from other EU member states. Ireland argued that the law was necessary to ensure that Ireland could maintain the capacity to refine oil in Irish territory and, therefore, justified on the grounds of public security. The matter was referred to the European Union Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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