Reference for a preliminary ruling

Case C-160/14 Ferreira da Silva and others – a more lenient approach towards the acte clair doctrine?

By Iliya Tsikalov

In its preliminary ruling given on September 9th 2015 pursuant to a reference by the Court of First Instance, Lisbon (Varas Civeis de Lisboa)[1] the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) elaborated on the notion of ”transfer of a business” in light of Directive 2001/23 and in that respect also dwelled on the obligation of the Portuguese Supreme Court to refer the question to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling.