European Court of Justice judgement C-216-11 Commission v France
Première transmission: 14/03/2013
Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Court of Justice of the EC
Fin de production: 14/03/2013
By its application, the European Commission requests the Court of Justice to declare that, by using a purely quantitative criterion to assess whether the holding by private individuals of manufactured tobacco from another Member State is of a commercial nature, by applying that criterion per individual vehicle (and not per person), and in respect of all of the tobacco products in aggregate and by entirely precluding the importation of tobacco products from another Member State by private individuals where the quantity exceeds two kilograms per individual vehicle, the French Republic has failed to fulfil its obligations under Council Directive 92/12/EEC of 25 February 1992 on the general arrangements for products subject to excise duty and on the holding, movement and monitoring of such products (OJ 1992 L 76, p. 1, ‘the Directive’), and, specifically, under Articles 8 and 9 of the Directive, as well as under Article 34 TFEU.
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