The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) will be holding a hearing on 14 February of a request lodged by the Dutch Council of State (CS) for a preliminary ruling in the case of Visser Vastgoed Beleggingen BV v Raad van de gemeente Appingedam (Case C-31/16). The request raises fundamental questions concerning the retail sector, inter alia whether retail is a service within the meaning of the Services Directive, whether the Directive applies to town and country planning rules, and whether it applies to national situations, rather than cross-border investments. The preliminary ruling will have a significant impact on retail activities in all Member States: if retail is deemed not to be a service, the rules on fair treatment by national authorities under the Services Directive will not apply. EuroCommerce issued a statement to the Member States, requesting those intending to intervene in the case to support retail and wholesale continuing to be considered as services.
Qui il testo in Italiano della Domanda di pronuncia pregiudiziale proposta dal Raad van State (Paesi Bassi) il 18 gennaio 2016 – Visser Vastgoed Beleggingen BV / Raad van de gemeente Appingedam (Causa C-31/16) https://goo.gl/hWlXE8