In a recent press release and following the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has announced that as from the 1st of July 2018, all publications concerning preliminary rulings will be completely devoid of any personal data, as construed within the GDPR and in line with the right to be forgotten.
In order to facilitate the citation and identification of cases, the Court will give each case a name corresponding to two initials (being different to the initials of any natural persons involved in the case) and additionally a distinctive element, in brackets. which may include the name of any legal person involved in the case or the subject-matter of the dispute, e.g. Case C-451/16, MB (Change of gender and retirement pension).
The CJEU may derogate from the new guidelines in the event of an express request from a party or if the particular circumstances of the case so justify. This new system will apply both to the case name and to all publications connected to the handling of the case (notices to the Official Journal, Opinions, judgments and so on).