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Document 62009CN0288

Case C-288/09: Reference for a preliminary ruling from First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (United Kingdom) made on 24 July 2009 — British Sky Broadcasting Group plc v The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs

OJ C 256, 24.10.2009, p. 9–9 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

24.10.2009   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 256/9


Reference for a preliminary ruling from First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (United Kingdom) made on 24 July 2009 — British Sky Broadcasting Group plc v The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs

(Case C-288/09)

2009/C 256/16

Language of the case: English

Referring court

First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber)

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: British Sky Broadcasting Group plc

Defendant: The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs

Questions referred

1.

Is a set-top box with the specifications of the Sky+ set-top box model DRX 280 to be classified under subheading 8528 71 13, as set out in Commission Regulation 1214/2007 (1) amending Annex I to Council Regulation 2658/87, despite the Explanatory Notes to the CN adopted by the Commission on 7 May 2008 (2008/C 112/03) concerning subheading 8521 90 00 and subheading 8528 71 13?

2.

Does Article 12(5)(a) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913 (2) of 12 October 1992 establishing the Community Customs Code, as amended, oblige a national customs authority to issue binding tariff informations that accord with the explanatory notes to the CN, unless and until those explanatory notes have been declared to be in conflict with the wording of the relevant provisions of the CN, including the General Rules for the Interpretation of the CN, or may the national customs authorities form their own individual view of the matter and disregard the explanatory note in the event they consider there to be such a conflict?

3.

In the event that a set-top box with the specifications of the Sky+ set-top box model DRX 280 were to be classified under CN subheading 8521 90 00, would the application of a positive rate of customs duty be unlawful as a matter of Community law, as a consequence of violating the Community's obligations under the Information Technology Agreement (‘ITA’) and Article II: l(b) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 or does classification under heading 8521 entail a conclusion that the product in question falls outside the scope of the relevant part of the ITA?


(1)  Commission Regulation (EC) No 1214/2007 of 20 September 2007 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff

OJ L 286, p. 1

(2)  OJ L 302, p. 1


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