Official Journal of the European Union

C 158/12

Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden lodged on 16 April 2008 — X v Staatssecretaris van Financiën

(Case C-155/08)

(2008/C 158/18)

Language of the case: Dutch

Referring court

Hoge Raad der Nederlanden

Parties to the main proceedings

Appellant: X

Respondent: Staatssecretaris van Financiën

Questions referred


Must Articles 49 EC and 56 EC be interpreted as meaning that, in cases where foreign savings balances, or income therefrom, are not disclosed to the tax authorities of a Member State, those articles do not prevent that Member State from applying a statutory rule which, in order to compensate for the lack of effective means of monitoring foreign credit balances, provides for a recovery period of twelve years, whereas a recovery period of five years applies in the case of savings balances, or income therefrom, held in that Member State, in which such effective means do exist?


Does it make a difference to the answer to Question 1 whether the credit balances are held in a Member State in which banking secrecy applies?


If the answer to Question 1 is affirmative, do Articles 49 EC and 56 EC similarly not preclude a fine for failure to disclose income or capital on which tax has been subsequently recovered from being determined as a proportion of the amount recovered over that longer period?