[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quarta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2017

UK Supreme Court approves Scottish law on minimum alcohol pricing

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who devised the plan in 2009 when she was health minister, said she was "absolutely delighted".

Scottish lawmakers want a price of at least 50 pence per 10 millilitres of pure alcohol in a beverage, to stop people “drinking themselves to death” in a country with rising fatalities from alcohol abuse.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) backed by spiritsEUROPE and wine industry representatives Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) asked the Supreme Court in London to strike down the policy after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said it would breach EU trading rules if alternative tax measures could be introduced.

But seven Supreme Court justices in London dismissed the SWA’s contention, ruling unanimously that such pricing is “a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim” and does not breach EU law. 

EU health chief says all alcoholic beverages should be labelled

The European Commission wants the industry’s expected alcohol labelling self-regulatory proposal to cover all alcoholic beverages in order to avoid confusion among consumers.

Scotland’s semi-autonomous government cannot vary tax on alcohol, as this power is held by the British government in London, but it can regulate the retail sector north of the border.


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