CEEV decides to appeal Scottish Court's decision on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP)
Brussels, 18 November 2016 – CEEV has decided to appeal to the UK Supreme Court, together with other parties, the Scottish Court of Session's ruling on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP).
“Having studied the ruling carefully, we believe that the Scottish Court has not properly considered all the elements raised in the Court of Justice of the European Union's judgement when assessing the compatibility of MUP with European law. We have good hopes that the UK Supreme Court will confirm that MUP is disproportionate and restricts trade.” said Ignacio Sánchez Recarte, Secretary General of CEEV.
“Aside from the legal assessment, CEEV remains convinced that there are more effective ways of tackling alcohol misuse and that education and the "Wine in Moderation - Art de Vivre" (WIM) program should be at the centre of the debate. The wine sector firmly intends to continue promoting responsible and moderate wine consumption as a social and cultural norm, and to work towards maintaining the current decrease of alcohol-related deaths and harm in Scotland.”
Note to Editors:
Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV – www.ceev.eu) represents the wine companies in the industry and trade in the European Union: still wines, aromatised wines, sparkling wines, liqueur wines and other vine products. It brings together 24 national organisations and its members produce and market the vast majority of quality European wines, with and without a geographical indication, and account for over 90% of European wine exports.