Official Journal of the European Union
Request for a preliminary ruling from the Audiencia Nacional (Spain) lodged on 31 December 2021 — Endesa Generación, S.A.U. v Tribunal Económico Administrativo Central
Language of the case: Spanish
Parties to the main proceedings
Applicant: Endesa Generación, S.A.U.
Defendant: Tribunal Económico Administrativo Central
Is the Spanish legislation which provides for a tax on coal used for electricity generation compatible with Article 14(1)(a) of Directive 2003/96/EC, (1) when, despite stating that its aim is to protect the environment, that aim is not reflected in the structure of the tax and the tax levied is used to finance the costs of the electricity system?
Is it possible to consider that the environmental aim is given concrete expression in the structure of the tax on the ground that the tax rates are set in relation to the calorific value of coal used for electricity generation?
Is the environmental aim achieved simply by reason of the fact that taxes have been imposed on certain non-renewable energy products and that no tax is levied on the use of such products where they are considered to be less harmful to the environment?
(1) Council Directive 2003/96/EC of 27 October 2003 restructuring the Community framework for the taxation of energy products and electricity (OJ 2003 L 283, p. 51).