The potential of the case on EU private law cannot be underestimated. Despite of the fact that with its answer the Court did not really get to the heart of question two, it took a remarkable stance on quite a number of heavily discussed issues in EU private law. I will first provide a short introduction to the underlying “new approach” regulation to make the reader familiar with this very special area of EU law. Subsequently, I will comment on the broader implications of the judgment. I will treat the answer of the Court not only as an answer to the special underlying Directive, but rather as a general guideline to the treatment of the underlying legal problems.

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Keywords New Approach, Freedom of Goods, Private Standards
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Journal European Journal of Risk Regulation (Forthcoming) , Wageningen Working Papers in Law and Governance
Purnhagen, K.P. (2017). Voluntary 'New Approach' Technical Standards are Subject to Judicial Scrutiny by the CJEU!. Wageningen Working Papers in Law and Governance (Vol. 5). Retrieved from