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28/11/2012

European Commission asks UK to abstain from introducing minimum pricing

The European Commission has disclosed its opinion on MUP and has asked UK to refrain from introducing such a measure in Scotland.

26 November 2012. Following several requests from Eurocare, the European Commission has decided to disclose to public the detailed opinion issued in the framework of the notification procedure regarding Scotland’s initiative to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.

In its detailed opinion, the Commission states that there is a risk that minimum prices might discriminate against imports and that they can create a barrier to entry into the Scottish market. The Commission believes there are other measures such as taxation, that are less restrictive to intra-EU trade and that could achieve the aim of reducing alcohol consumption and related harm in Scotland.

The Commission therefore invites the UK authorities to abstain from adopting the draft legislation at issue.

Read the full text of the detailed opinion.