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Opinion of Mr Advocate General Lenz delivered on 26 February 1991. - Commission of the European Communities v Italian Republic. - Failure of a Member State to fulfil its obligations - Measure having equivalent effect - Aid for the purchase of motor vehicles of domestic manufacture. - Case C-263/85.

European Court reports 1991 Page I-02457

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Opinion of the Advocate-General


Advocate General Carl Otto Lenz delivered his Opinion on 26 February 1991. (*) He concluded as follows:

"The only possible conclusion (which, at the hearing, the defendant, too, accepted as being correct) is that the view taken by the Commission must be upheld. It should accordingly be declared, following the terms of the claim, that by requiring public bodies to buy vehicles of domestic manufacture in order to benefit from the aid provided for by Law No 151 of 10 April 1981, the Italian Republic has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 30 of the EEC Treaty. Since that is the result of the proceedings, the defendant must also be ordered to pay the costs."

(*) Original Language: German.