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Document 62012CN0203

Case C-203/12: Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Högsta domstolen (Sweden) lodged on 30 April 2012 — Billerud Karlsborg Aktiebolag, Billerud Skärblacka Aktiebolag v Naturvårdsverket

OJ C 184, 23.6.2012, p. 7–7 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

23.6.2012   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 184/7


Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Högsta domstolen (Sweden) lodged on 30 April 2012 — Billerud Karlsborg Aktiebolag, Billerud Skärblacka Aktiebolag v Naturvårdsverket

(Case C-203/12)

2012/C 184/12

Language of the case: Swedish

Referring court

Högsta domstolen

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicants: 1. Billerud Karlsborg Aktiebolag, 2. Billerud Skärblacka Aktiebolag

Defendant: Naturvårdsverket

Questions referred

1.

Does Article 16(3) and (4) of Directive 2003/87 (1) mean that an operator who has not surrendered a sufficient number of emission allowances by 30 April must pay a penalty regardless of the cause of the omission, for example, where, although the operator had a sufficient number of emission allowances on 30 April, as a result of an oversight, an administrative error or a technical problem it did not surrender them then?

2.

If Question 1 is answered in the affirmative, does Article 16(3) and (4) of Directive 2003/87 mean that the penalty will or may be waived or reduced for example in the circumstances described in Question 1?


(1)  Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 2003 establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC (OJ L 275, p. 32).


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