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Trade and Industry Appeal Tribunal decides in favour of Dutch meat industry fees meet inspection

Following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 19 December 2019 regarding the costs for official controls to ensure the verification of compliance with food and feed law which Member States are entitled to impose pursuant to Regulation 882/2204, the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (‘CBb’) delivered its judgment expeditiously.

The most important conclusion is that the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, as argued by the slaughterhouses, disclosed insufficient insight into the structure of the fees she charged the slaughterhouses for meat inspections. Consequently, it is not possible to assess whether these fees comply with the European rules.

The CBb overturned the decisions and instructed the minister to decide within 26 weeks on the objections of the slaughterhouses. In doing so, the minister must provide sufficient insight regarding the structure of the fees charged by her.

The Dutch meat industry is assisted by Defares in this matter.

Click here for the judgment and the press release of the CBb (only available in Dutch).

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