Background information In its Decision of 19 December 2007 the Commission prohibited Mastercard's multilateral interchange fees (MIF) that apply to cross-border payments with MasterCard and Maestro-branded consumer credit and debit cards between Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA). The Decision involved no fines, but compelled MasterCard to withdraw its cross-border MIF by June 2008 and set daily penalty payments in the event of non-compliance  . The Decision was fully upheld by the EU General Court on 24 May 2012 (T-111/08). On 30 January 2014 Advocate General (AG) Mengozzi proposes the Court of Justice to dismiss all the appeals against the judgement of 24 May 2012. Payment card transactions levy interchange fees between the cardholder's bank ("issuing bank") and
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