European court says minimum alcohol pricing ‘could break trade rules’
3 September 2015
From the section Scotland
The case was referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for its opinion last year
The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has said plans for minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland risk infringing EU rules on free trade.
Yves Bot said minimum pricing would only be legal if it could be shown that no other mechanism – such as increasing taxes – was capable of delivering the desired public health benefits.
The Scottish Whisky Association had challenged the proposals.
The court will now deliberate before delivering its final judgement.
That process could take up to six months.
Legislation to bring in a minimum unit price of 50p was passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012.
However, the Scotch Whisky Association …read more
Source:: BBC UK