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Last Update: 01 Jan 2021

Date: 01 Jul 1971

REGULATION (EEC, EURATOM) NO 1182/71 OF THE COUNCIL

of 3 June 1971

determining the rules applicable to periods, dates and time limits

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, and in particular Article 235 thereof;

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community, and in particular Article 203 thereof;

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission;

Having regard to the Opinion of the European Parliament;

Whereas numerous acts of the Council and of the Commission determine periods, dates or time limits and employ the terms ‘working days’ or ‘public holidays’;

Whereas it is necessary to establish uniform general rules on the subject;

Whereas it may, in exceptional cases, be necessary for certain acts of the Council or Commission to derogate from these general rules;

Whereas, to attain the objectives of the Communities, it is necessary to ensure the uniform application of Community law and consequently to determine the general rules applicable to periods, dates and time limits;

Whereas no authority to establish such rules is provided for in the Treaties;

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Save as otherwise provided, this Regulation shall apply to acts of the Council or Commission which have been passed pursuant to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community or the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community unless the contrary intention appears.

CHAPTER I

Periods

Article 2

1.   For the purposes of this Regulation, “public holidays” means a public holiday in Gibraltar .

2.   For the purposes of this Regulation, ‘working days’ means all days other than public holidays, Sundays and Saturdays.

Article 3

1.   Where a period expressed in hours is to be calculated from the moment at which an event occurs or an action takes place, the hour during which that event occurs or that action takes place shall not be considered as falling within the period in question.

Where a period expressed in days, weeks, months or years is to be calculated from the moment at which an event occurs or an action takes place, the day during which that event occurs or that action takes place shall not be considered as falling within the period in question.

2.   Subject to the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 4:

    1. a period expressed in hours shall start at the beginning of the first hour and shall end with the expiry of the last hour of the period;
    2. a period expressed in days shall start at the beginning of the first hour of the first day and shall end with the expiry of the last hour of the last day of the period; 
    3. a period expressed in weeks, months or years shall start at the beginning of the first hour of the first day of the period, and shall end with the expiry of the last hour of whichever day in the last week, month or year is the same day of the week, or falls on the same date, as the day from which the period runs. If, in a period expressed in months or in years, the day on which it should expire does not occur in the last month, the period shall end with the expiry of the last hour of the last day of that month; 
    4. if a period includes parts of months, the month shall, for the purpose of calculating such parts, be considered as having thirty days.

3.   The periods concerned shall include public holidays, Sundays and Saturdays, save where these are expressly excepted or where the periods are expressed in working days.

4.   Where the last day of a period expressed otherwise than in hours is a public holiday, Sunday or Saturday, the period shall end with the expiry of the last hour of the following working day.

This provision shall not apply to periods calculated retroactively from a given date or event.

5.   Any period of two days or more shall include at least two working days.

6.   The provisions of paragraphs 1 to 5 have effect unless the contrary intention appears.

CHAPTER II

Dates and time limits

Article 4

1.   Subject to the provisions of this Article, the provisions of Article 3 shall, with the exception of paragraphs 4 and 5, apply to the times and periods of entry into force, taking effect, application, expiry of validity, termination of effect or cessation of application of acts of the Council or Commission or of any provisions of such acts.

2.   Entry into force, taking effect or application of acts of the Council or Commission-or of provisions of such acts-fixed at a given date shall occur at the beginning of the first hour of the day falling on that date.

This provision shall also apply when entry into force, taking effect or application of the afore-mentioned acts or provisions is to occur within a given number of days following the moment when an event occurs or an action takes place.

3.   Expiry of validity, the termination of effect or the cessation of application of acts of the Council or Commission-or of any provisions of such acts- fixed at a given date shall occur on the expiry of the last hour of the day falling on that date.

This provision shall also apply when expiry of validity, termination of effect or cessation of application of the afore-mentioned acts or provisions is to occur within a given number of days following the moment when an event occurs or an action takes place.

Article 5

1.   Subject to the provisions of this Article, the provisions of Article 3 shall, with the exception of paragraphs 4 and.5, apply when an action may or must be effected in implementation of an act of the Council or Commission at a specified moment.

2.   Where an action may or must be effected in implementation of an act of the Council or Commission at a specified date, it may or must be effected between the beginning of the first hour and the expiry of the last hour of the day falling on that date.

This provision shall also apply where an action may or must be effected in implementation of an act of the Council or Commission within a given number of days following the moment when an event occurs or another action takes place.

Article 6

This Regulation shall enter into force on 1 July 1971.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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