The Court rejected the case

At first, the case was referred to the European General Court which entirely dismissed the action of the initiating committee. The application was based on a single ground. The General Court sustained the Commission’s finding, namely that the initiative proposed regional regulations which – according to the general court – fell outside the Commission’s competence. The General Court also made it clear in its refusal that a citizens’ initiative was only possible officially if the term “national region” was defined first.