The government fee charged for a permanent residence permit has been reduced from €401 to €130. This reduced fee is for the European Community permanent long-term resident permit (Directive 2003/109/EC) and the Dutch national permanent residence permit. This reduced fee is the result of a judgment of the European Court of Justice of April 16, 2012 (C-508/10). The Court ruled that the Dutch fees were "excessive and disproportionate." The reduced fee will be retroactively applied from April 26, 2012.