Official Journal of the European Union

C 421/12

Judgment of the Court (Seventh Chamber) of 2 October 2014 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Hof van beroep te Brussel — Belgium) — Orgacom BVBA v Vlaamse Landmaatschappij

(Case C-254/13) (1)

((Reference for a preliminary ruling - Charges having equivalent effect to customs duties - Internal taxes - Import levy on manure imported into the Flanders Region - Articles 30 TFEU and 110 TFEU - Levy payable by the importer - Different levies on imported manure and manure produced within the Flanders Region))

2014/C 421/15

Language of the case: Dutch

Referring court

Hof van beroep te Brussel

Parties to the main proceedings

Appellant: Orgacom BVBA

Respondent: Vlaamse Landmaatschappij

Operative part of the judgment

Article 30 TFEU precludes a levy, such as that provided for under Article 21(5) of the Decree of the Flanders Region of 23 January 1991 on protection of the environment against fertiliser pollution, as amended by the Decree of 28 March 2003, which is applicable only to imports into the Flanders Region of surplus livestock manure and other fertilisers, which is levied on the importer whereas the tax on the surplus manure produced within the territory of the Flanders Region is levied on the producer and is calculated differently from the tax on imports. In that regard, it is immaterial that the Member State from which the surplus manure is imported into the Flanders Region provides for a tax reduction in the case of export of that surplus to other Member States.

(1)  OJ C 207, 20.7.2013.