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[University of Sheffield] , Meier, Petra and Holmes, John Sheffield Alcohol Research Group’s Q&A - Specific to the ECJ minimum pricing Court ruling. (23 Dec 2015)

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Questions and answers relating to the European Court of Justice ruling on minimum pricing of alcohol in December 2015.

What does the ruling mean?
The key message is that minimum pricing is not illegal under EU free trade rules. However, it will only be legal if certain conditions are met as it has been ruled that it would restrict free trade. The most important of those is that the policy achieves additional benefits for public health or imposes fewer barriers to free trade than other available policy options. In other words, imposing a minimum pricing needs to be less restrictive to free trade or more effective in improving public health than simply upping the tax on alcohol. It will now be the task of the Scottish courts to make that judgement based on the available evidence........


Item Type:News
Source:University of Sheffield
Date:23 December 2015
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
VA Geographic area > Europe

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