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9th September 2021
External Relations & Trade Institutional law Tax

AG Pikamäe: UK’s control of certain imports from China breached the TFEU and secondary legislation on customs, traditional own resources and VAT

Advocate General (AG) Pikamäe has delivered his Opinion in the Grand Chamber case Commission v United Kingdom (Lutte contre la fraude à la sous-évaluation) (C-213/19), advising the Court of Justice on how to develop its case law on the scope of the obligations to counter fraud and protect the financial interests of the EU.

The case concerns the alleged failure by the United Kingdom to put in place risk-based approaches in customs control to prevent the release into free circulation of undervalued goods into the EU (specifically, footwear and textiles exported from the People’s Republic of China) until 12 October 2017, despite repeated warnings about the risk of fraud by OLAF and the Commission. According to the Commission, this me

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