On 21 June 2012, the EU Commission announced that it is taking the UK to the EU Court of Justice over its refusal to compensate for duties on imports of fresh garlic from China its customs authorities failed to collect in the past due to the erroneous classification of the product as frozen garlic. The UK authorities however claim that UK customs took all necessary actions justified by this case.

The Commission also requested Bulgaria to put an end to certain duty and tax relief provisions contained in a bilateral agreement with the US concluded prior to Bulgaria’s accession to the EU. If the legislation is not brought into compliance within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the EU Court of Justice.