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13th September 2021
External Relations & Trade Internal Market Tax

Analysis: “The UK failed to fulfil its obligation to combat undervaluation fraud, maintains AG Pikamäe” by Ondřej Serdula

On 9th September 2021, Advocate General (AG) Pikamäe delivered his eagerly awaited Opinion in the Grand Chamber case Commission v UK (C-213/19) concerning the undervaluation fraud case of textile and footwear imports from China to the UK. In this mammoth, over hundred-page-long Opinion, the AG proposes to the Court of Justice to rule that the UK failed to fulfil its obligations to counter fraud and to protect the financial interests of the EU. However, the AG is of the opinion that based on the arguments put forward by the Commission, the Court of Justice is not able to rule with certainty on the precise scale of the losses to the EU budget.

Since the abolishment of quotas on imports of textiles in 2005, a high risk of importation

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