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Judgment of the Court (Fourth Chamber) of 1 October 2015 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunale di Firenze — Italy) — Criminal proceedings against Skerdjan Celaj

(Case C-290/14) 1

(Reference for a preliminary ruling — Area of freedom, security and justice — Directive 2008/115/EC — Return of illegally staying third-country nationals — Return decision accompanied by an entry ban of three years’ duration — Breach of an entry ban — Third-country national previously removed — Sentence of imprisonment in case of new unlawful entry into the national territory — Compatibility)

Language of the case: Italian

Referring court

Tribunale di Firenze

Party in the main proceedings

Skerdjan Celaj

Operative part of the judgment

Directive 2008/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals must be interpreted as not, in principle, precluding legislation of a Member State which provides for the imposition of a prison sentence on an illegally staying third-country national who, after having been returned to his country of origin in the context of an earlier return procedure, unlawfully re-enters the territory of that State in breach of an entry ban.


1 OJ C 292, 1.9.2014.