MUP CJEU ruling
23 Dec 2015
SWA responds to CJEU ruling on MUP
David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
"We welcome the European Court's ruling. The SWA always said
European Union law issues were central to this case, and so it has
proved. This settles EU law issues once and for all.
"The Court has confirmed that minimum unit pricing (MUP) is a
restriction on trade, and that it is illegal to choose MUP where
there are less restrictive ways of achieving the same end.
"The Scottish courts will now reflect on the implications of the
ruling and all the evidence, before issuing a final judgement.
"This ruling opens the way to moving the debate on and allowing
us to address alcohol misuse with practical measures that actually
work. Alcohol-related deaths have fallen by a third over the last
decade in Scotland, which suggests we are already on the right
path. We remain committed to working closely with the Scottish
Government and everyone else with an interest."
Notes to editors
The SWA may have further comments today once it has studied the
CJEU's ruling in more detail.
Link to the CJEU new release and full ruling:
The SWA, along with spiritsEUROPE and Comite Vins, took legal
action against MUP in 2012. The case was referred to the Court of
Justice of the European Union CJEU) by the Scottish Court in 2014
for a ruling on six questions of EU law. Several Member States -
Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Poland - raised similar concerns at
the CJEU's hearing in May. The Advocate General issued his opinion
on 3 September 2015.
With media queries please contact Rosemary Gallagher, SWA head
of communications on 0131 222 9230 or 07432 605385 or email
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communications director on 0131 222 9226 or 07730 496151 or email