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Judgment of the Court of 23 May 1990.

Commission of the European Communities v Kingdom of Spain.

C-31/89 • ECLI:EU:C:1990:226 • 61989CJ0031

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Commission of the European Communities v Kingdom of Spain.

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Member States - Obligations - Implementation of directives - Failure to implement - Justification - Not permissible

( EEC Treaty, Art . 169 )

Summary

According to well-established case-law, a Member State may not plead provisions, practices or circumstances existing in its internal legal system in order to justify a failure to comply with obligations and time-limits laid down in Community directives .

Parties

In Case C-31/89

Commission of the European Communities, represented by Daniel Calleja, a member of its Legal Department, acting as Agent, with an address for service in Luxembourg at the office of Georgios Kremlis, also a member of the Commission' s Legal Department, Wagner Centre, Kirchberg,

applicant,

v

Kingdom of Spain, represented by Javier Conde de Saro, Director-General for Coordination in matters involving Community Law and Institutions, and Rafael García-Valdecasas y Fernández, abogado del Estado, head of the State Legal Department for relations with the Court of Justice, acting as Agents, with an address for service in Luxembourg at the Spanish Embassy, 4-6 boulevard Emmanuel-Servais,

defendant,

APPLICATION for a declaration that by not granting exemption from value-added tax for permanent imports from another Member State by individuals of motor vehicles for private use, trailers, motor cycles, pleasure boats and private aircraft, contrary to Council Directive 83/183/EEC of 28 March 1983 on tax exemptions applicable to permanent imports from a Member State of the personal property of individuals ( Official Journal 1983, L 105, p . 64 ), the Kingdom of Spain has failed to fulfil its obligations under the EEC Treaty,

THE COURT

composed of : O . Due, President, C . N . Kakouris and M . Zuleeg ( Presidents of Chambers ), R . Joliet, J . C . Moitinho de Almeida, G . C . Rodríguez Iglesias and M . Diez de Velasco, Judges,

( the grounds of the judgment are not reproduced )

hereby :

Operative part

( 1 ) Declares that by not granting exemption from value-added tax for permanent imports from another Member State by individuals of motor vehicles for private use, trailers, motor cycles, pleasure boats and private aircraft, contrary to Council Directive 83/183/EEC of 28 March 1983 on tax exemptions applicable to permanent imports from a Member State of the personal property of individuals, the Kingdom of Spain has failed to fulfil its obligations under the EEC Treaty;

( 2 ) Orders the Kingdom of Spain to pay the costs .

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