Official Journal of the European Union

C 39/8

Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesfinanzhof (Germany) lodged on 9 November 2011 — Société d’Exportation de Produits Agricoles SA (SEPA) v Hauptzollamt Hamburg-Jonas

(Case C-562/11)

2012/C 39/12

Language of the case: German

Referring court


Parties to the main proceedings

Applicants: Société d’Exportation de Produits Agricoles SA (SEPA)

Defendant: Hauptzollamt Hamburg-Jonas

Question referred

Must a penalty be imposed on an exporter who makes a request for a refund, providing a correct explanation of the facts relevant to the grant of the export refund, although no right to a refund actually exists in relation to the relevant exportation? (1)

(1)  Commission Regulation (EEC) No 3665/87 of 27 November 1987 laying down common detailed rules for the application of the system of export refunds on agricultural products (OJ 1987 L 351, p. 1) as amended by Commission Regulation No 495/97 of 18 March (OJ 1997 L 77, p. 12)