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CJEU Case C-418/11 / Judgment

Texdata Software GmbH

Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Court (Fourth Chamber)
Decision date:
Key facts of the case:


Request for a preliminary ruling from the Oberlandesgericht Innsbruck.
Company law — Freedom of establishment — Eleventh Directive 89/666/EEC — Disclosure of accounting documents — Branch of a capital company established in another Member State — Pecuniary penalty in the event of failure to disclose within the prescribed period — Right to effective judicial protection — Principle of respect for the rights of the defence — Effective, proportionate and dissuasive nature of the penalty.

Outcome of the case:

On those grounds, the Court (Fourth Chamber) hereby rules:

Subject to the verifications to be carried out by the referring court, Articles 49 TFEU and 54 TFEU, the principles of effective judicial protection and respect for the rights of the defence, and Article 12 of Eleventh Council Directive 89/666/EEC of 21 December 1989 concerning disclosure requirements in respect of branches opened in a Member State by certain types of company governed by the law of another State are to be interpreted as not precluding national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which provides that, where the statutory nine-month period for disclosing accounting documents is exceeded, a minimum periodic penalty of EUR 700 is to be imposed immediately on the capital company whose branch is located in the Member State concerned, without prior notice and without the company first being given an opportunity to state its views on the alleged breach of the disclosure obligation.