Thursday, July 05, 2007

ECJ deals first blow

In an important decision in case C-522/04 Commission vs. Belgium, the Court's second chamber has found, among other things, that Belgian tax provisions effectively taxing retirement capital to be transferred to an IORP resident outside of Belgium to be in breach of several Treaty freedoms (recital 40) and therefore inadmissible (IPE).

This is the first decision dealing with an issue that is critically important to the establishment of cross-border pensions, and its favourable, albeit unsurprising outcome virtually removes yet another area of legal uncertainty. It is interesting to note that the Court evaluates the equivalent applicability of its reasoning to the EEA, which it confirms.

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