OS ECJ-TF 3/2017 on the Decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 16 May 2017 in Berlioz Investment Fund SA (Case C-682/15), Concerning the Right to Judicial Review Under Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Cases of Cross-Border Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters

European Taxation, vol. 58, n. 2/3 (2018)

6 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2020 Last revised: 17 Oct 2020

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João Félix Pinto Nogueira

International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation; University of Cape Town (UCT)

Francisco Alfredo Garcia Prats

Universitat de València

Werner C. Haslehner

Universite du Luxembourg

Volker Heydt

Independent

Eric Kemmeren

Tilburg University; Fiscal Institute Tilburg

Georg Kofler

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law

Michael Lang

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Jürgen Lüdicke

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP - PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH

Pasquale Pistone

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Stella Raventos-Calvo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Emmanuel Raingeard de la Blétière

Independent

Isabelle Richelle

Independent

Alexander Rust

Independent

Rupert Shiers

Independent

Date Written: January 16, 2018

Abstract

This article examines the decision of the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in Berlioz Investment Fund SA (Case C-682/15) delivered on 16 May 2017, following the Opinion of Advocate General Wathelet of 10 January 2017.

The case concerned the levying of tax penalties in circumstances in which a third party partially refused to provide the Luxembourg tax authorities with information requested, by way of mutual assistance under the Mutual Assistance Directive (2011/16), by the French tax authorities.

Having clarified that when exchanging information by way of mutual assistance under an EU directive, EU Member States are implementing EU Law, the Grand Chamber confirmed the right to judicial review in connection with the levying of penalties and acknowledged Berlioz' legal standing to challenge the foreseeable relevance of information that one tax authority asks another to exchange by way of mutual assistance. When reviewing the legality of the request in this context, the judiciary will ascertain whether manifestly irrelevant information is being requested, without necessarily informing the taxpayer of the details.

Keywords: Taxation, Tax law, European taxation

JEL Classification: K33, K34, F13, E62, D78, E62, F02, F23, F42, H20, H22, H23, H25, H26, H87, O19, O23, O24

Suggested Citation

Pinto Nogueira, João Félix and Garcia Prats, Francisco Alfredo and Haslehner, Werner Christof and Heydt, Volker and Kemmeren, Eric and Kofler, Georg and Lang, Michael and Lüdicke, Jürgen and Pistone, Pasquale and Raventos-Calvo, Stella and Raingeard de la Blétière, Emmanuel and Richelle, Isabelle and Rust, Alexander and Shiers, Rupert, OS ECJ-TF 3/2017 on the Decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 16 May 2017 in Berlioz Investment Fund SA (Case C-682/15), Concerning the Right to Judicial Review Under Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Cases of Cross-Border Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters (January 16, 2018). European Taxation, vol. 58, n. 2/3 (2018) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3644391 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3644391

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Werner Christof Haslehner

Universite du Luxembourg ( email )

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Volker Heydt

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Eric Kemmeren

Tilburg University ( email )

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Georg Kofler

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law ( email )

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Michael Lang

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

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Austria

Jürgen Lüdicke

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP - PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH ( email )

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Hamburg, D-20354
Germany

Pasquale Pistone

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

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Vienna, Wien 1020
Austria

Stella Raventos-Calvo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Isabelle Richelle

Independent

Alexander Rust

Independent

Rupert Shiers

Independent

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