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Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 30 April 2014 — United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland v Council of the European Union

(Case C-209/13) 1

(Common system of financial transaction tax — Authorisation of enhanced cooperation under Article 329(1) TFEU — Decision 2013/52/EU — Action for annulment in respect of infringement of Articles 327 TFEU and 332 TFEU and of customary international law)

Language of the case: English


Applicant: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (represented by: E. Jenkinson and S. Behzadi Spencer, acting as Agents, and by M. Hoskins QC, P. Baker QC and V. Wakefield, Barrister)

Defendant: Council of the European Union (represented by: A.-M. Colaert, F. Florindo Gijón and A. de Gregorio Merino, acting as Agents)

Interveners in support of the defendant: Kingdom of Belgium (represented by: J.-C. Halleux and M. Jacobs, acting as Agents), Federal Republic of Germany (represented by: T. Henze, J. Möller and K. Petersen, acting as Agents), French Republic (represented by: D. Colas and J.-S. Pilczer, acting as Agents), Republic of Austria (represented by: C. Pesendorfer, acting as Agent), Portuguese Republic (represented by L. Inez Fernandes, J. Menezes Leitão and A. Cunha, acting as Agents), European Parliament (represented by: A. Neergaard and R. van de Westelaken, acting as Agents), European Commission (represented by: R. Lyal, B. Smulders and W. Mölls, acting as Agents)


Action for annulment — Annulment of Council Decision 2013/52/EU of 22 January 2013 authorising enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax (OJ 2013 L 22, p. 11) — Infringement of Articles 327 TFEU and 332 TFEU

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

1.    Dismisses the action;

2.    Orders the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to pay the costs.

3.    Orders the Kingdom of Belgium, the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic, the Republic of Austria, the Portuguese Republic, the European Parliament and the European Commission to bear their own costs.


1 OJ C 171, 15.6.2013.