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Document 62008CJ0574

Judgment of the Court (Seventh Chamber) of 16 July 2009.
Commission of the European Communities v Kingdom of Belgium.
Internal market - Free movement of capital - Fight against fraud and money laundering.
Case C-574/08.

European Court Reports 2009 I-00131*

ECLI identifier: ECLI:EU:C:2009:484





Judgment of the Court (Seventh Chamber) of 16 July 2009 – Commission v Belgium

(Case C‑574/08)

Internal market – Free movement of capital – Fight against fraud and money laundering

Actions for failure to fulfil obligations – Examination of the merits by the Court – Situation to be taken into consideration – Situation on expiry of the period laid down in the reasoned opinion (Art. 226 EC) (see para. 9)

Re:

Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations – Failure to adopt or to communicate, within the prescribed period, the provisions necessary to comply with Commission Directive 2006/70/EC of 1 August 2006 laying down implementing measures for Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the definition of ‘politically exposed person’ and the technical criteria for simplified customer due diligence procedures and for exemption on grounds of a financial activity conducted on an occasional or very limited basis (OJ 2006 L 214, p. 29).

Operative part

The Court:

1.

Declares that, by not adopting within the prescribed period all the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with Commission Directive 2006/70/EC of 1 August 2006 laying down implementing measures for Directive 2005/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the definition of politically exposed person and the technical criteria for simplified customer due diligence procedures and for exemption on grounds of a financial activity conducted on an occasional or very limited basis, the Kingdom of Belgium has failed to fulfil its obligations under that directive;

2.

Orders the Kingdom of Belgium to pay the costs.

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