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Action brought on 9 November 2010 - Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Others v Commission

(Case T-526/10)

Language of the case: English


Applicants: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Ottawa, Canada), Nativak Hunters and Trappers Association (Qikiqtarjuaq, Canada), Pangnirtung Hunters' and Trappers' Association (Pangnirtung, Canada), Jaypootie Moesesie (Qikiqtarjuaq, Canada), Allen Kooneeliusie (Qikiqtarjuaq, Canada), Toomasie Newkingnak (Qikiqtarjuaq, Canada), David Kuptana (Ulukhaktok, Canada), Karliin Aariak (Iqaluit, Canada), Canadian Seal Marketing Group (Quebec QC, Canada), Ta Ma Su Seal Products Inc. (Cap-aux-Meules, Canada), Fur Institute of Canada (Ottawa, Canada), NuTan Furs Inc. (Catalina, Canada), GC Rieber Skinn AS (Bergen, Norway), Inuit Circumpolar Conference Greeneland (ICC) (Nuuk, Greenland), Johannes Egede (Nuuk, Greenland), Kalaallit Nunaanni Aalisartut Piniartullu Kattuffiat (KNAPK) (Nuuk, Greenland), William E. Scott & Son (Edinburgh, United Kingdom), Association des chasseurs de phoques des Îles-de-la-Madeleine (Cap-aux-Meules, Canada), Hatem Yavuz Deri Sanayi iç Ve Diş Ticaret Limited Şirketi (Istanbul, Turkey), Northeast Coast Sealers' Co-Operative Society Limited (Fleur de Lys, Canada) (represented by: J. Bouckaert and H. Viaene, lawyers)

Defendant: European Commission

Form of order sought

declare the action admissible;

annul Regulation No 737/2010 pursuant to Article 263 TFUE;

declare Regulation No 1007/2009 inapplicable pursuant to Article 277 TFUE;

order the European Parliament and the European Council to pay the applicants' costs;

order the European Parliament and the European Council to pay their own costs.

Pleas in law and main arguments

By means of this application the applicants seek the annulment of Commission Regulation (EU) No 737/2010 of 10 August 20101 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on trade in seal products2. The annulment of Regulation No 1007/2009, providing for restrictions on the placing on the market of the European Union of the seal products, is sought by the applicants in the framework of Case T-18/10.

The applicants put forward two pleas in law in support of their claims.

First, they argue that the implementing regulation has for legal basis the basic regulation against which they raise an exception of illegality based on Article 277 TFUE. In this regard, the applicants repeat the arguments put forward in support of their claims in Case T-18/103.

Second, in subsidiary order, the applicants submit that the Commission erred in law when adopting the implementing regulation since it misused the powers conferred to it by the basic regulation. In the applicants' view, the Commission has used its powers for a purpose other than that for which they were conferred on it and they contend that the true aim pursued by the Commission, when adopting the implementing regulation, was to block any placing on the Union market of seal products.


1 - OJ 2010 L 216, p. 1

2 - OJ 2009 L 286, p. 36

3 - OJ 2010 C 100, p. 41