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Judgment of the Court (Seventh Chamber) of 22 February 2024 — European Commission v Republic of Malta

(Case C-694/22) (1)

(Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Article 110 TFEU - Annual circulation tax - Higher taxation of imported second-hand vehicles than of similar vehicles already on the domestic market)


Language of the case: English


Applicant: European Commission (represented by: M. Björkland, K. Mifsud-Bonnici and R. Valletta Mallia, acting as Agents)

Defendant: Republic of Malta (represented by: A. Buhagiar, acting as Agent)

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:


Declares that the Republic of Malta has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 110 TFEU by levying a higher annual circulation licence fee on motor vehicles registered in Member States other than the Republic of Malta before 1 January 2009 and brought to Malta after that date than on similar vehicles registered in Malta before that date;


Orders the Republic of Malta to bear its own costs and to pay those incurred by the European Commission.

(1)   OJ C 15, 16.1.2023


ISSN 1977-091X (electronic edition)