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Parliamentary questions
26 July 2006
E-2602/2006
Answer given by Mr Barrot on behalf of the Commission

The Commission has continued to collect the necessary information, and has repeatedly asked the Maltese authorities to provide additional data. The Commission has investigated the information received. At this stage, the distinction made in the tax between domestic and intra-Community destinations does not seem to be in conformity with Community law. Therefore the Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to the Maltese authorities requesting them to modify the departure tax.

The Commission is also investigating whether other aspects of the departure tax could be discriminatory, or in any other way not in conformity with Community law. However, as stated in the previous reply on this issue to the Honourable Member, the discrimination of own nationals is not always prohibited under certain circumstances by the EC Treaty.

OJ C 328, 30/12/2006
Last updated: 22 September 2006Legal notice