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Scotland responds to EC opposition to minimum pricing

The Scottish government has just released a paper setting out the case for Minimum Unit Pricing in response to the European Commission and other European countries that have questioned the compatibility of MUP with EU Law and the free movement of goods.

14 April 2012. According to the government’s paper, Minimum Unit Pricing is justified on the basis of public health and it is proportionate. MUP targets excessive consumption of cheaper drinks which cause most harm to health, and which are favoured by hazardous and harmful drinkers. This is something that can not be done through taxation, as the Commission proposes since new taxes would not deliver the aim of a targeted impact on hazardous and harmful drinkers.

MUP will save over 300 lives a year in Scotland.

The position paper is available in the following languages:

English, French, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish Greek, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish Portuguese, Romanian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish