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TD&A NEWS: Petition to European Parliament on behalf of Travel Agents in Malta

Thursday, 26 July 2007 00:00

Petition 0490/2006 by Michael Tanti-Dougall (Maltese), on behalf of the Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents (FATTA), on the Commission's delay in acting on a complaint against the Maltese departure tax.

1. Summary of petition

The petitioner, on behalf of the Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents (FATTA), protests about the excessive time the Commission is taking to conclude its investigations arising from a complaint about the alleged non-conformity of the Maltese departure tax with EC legislation, submitted in June 2005. The petitioner asks Parliament to investigate whether the Commission observed the procedural rules in dealing with this complaint.

2. Admissibility


Declared admissible on 7 November 2006. Information requested from the Commission under Rule 192(4).

3. Commission reply, received on 27 July 2007.

The above-mentioned petition questions why the Commission is still collecting information to assess whether the construction of the departure tax at Malta International Airport is in conformity with Community law or not.

The petitioner complained to the Commission about the departure tax in a letter dated 30 June 2005. Since then, the Commission has received several similar complaints concerning the construction of the departure tax at Malta International Airport.

The Commission raised its concerns regarding the departure tax in a letter of formal notice sent to the Maltese authorities on 4 July 2006. This was followed up by a reasoned opinion sent on 15 December 2006. As Malta did not modify the departure tax to bring it in compliance with Community law, the Commission decided on 27 June 2007 to refer the case

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PE 392.309v01-00