Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 28 January 2020 — European Commission v Italian Republic

(Case C-122/18) 1

(Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations — Directive 2011/7/EU — Combating late payment in commercial transactions — Commercial transactions where the debtor is a public authority — Obligation of Member States to ensure that the period for payment imposed on public authorities does not exceed 30 or 60 days — Obligation to achieve a specified result)

Language of the case: Italian


Applicant: European Commission (represented by: G. Gattinara and C. Zadra, acting as Agents)

Defendant: Italian Republic (represented by: G. Palmieri, acting as Agent, and by S. Fiorentino and F. De Luca, avvocati dello Stato)

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

Declares that, by not ensuring that its public authorities effectively comply with the periods for payment prescribed in Article 4(3) and (4) of Directive 2011/7/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 on combating late payment in commercial transactions, the Italian Republic has failed to fulfil its obligations under those provisions;

Orders the Italian Republic to pay the costs.


1 OJ C 123, 9.4.2018.