Action brought on 8 June 2018 — European Commission v Kingdom of Belgium

(Case C-384/18)

Language of the case: French

Parties

Applicant: European Commission (represented by: H. Tserepa-Lacombe and L. Malferrari, acting as Agents,)

Defendant: Kingdom of Belgium

Form of order sought

Find that the Kingdom of Belgium has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 25 of Directive 2006/123/EC 1 and Article 49 TFEU;

Order the Kingdom of Belgium to pay the costs.

Pleas in law and main arguments

By (i) prohibiting the joint exercise of work as accountants, on the one hand, and as brokers, insurance agents, estate agents or all banking and financial services work, on the other, and by (ii) permitting the Chambers of the Institut Professionnel des Comptables et Fiscalistes Agréés (Institute of Accounting professionals and Tax Experts; IPCF) to prohibit the joint exercise of work as accountants, on the one hand, with any craft or commercial agricultural activity, on the other, the Kingdom of Belgium has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 25 of Directive 2006/123/EC and Article 49 TFEU.

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1     Directive 2006/123/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on services in the internal market (OJ 2006 L 376, p. 36).