A Case Moving at the Frontiers of Market Access, Freedom of Goods, the Common Agricultural Policy and Science in Court - Reflections on Scotch Whisky Association

European Law Review (Forthcoming)

Wageningen Working Papers in Law and Governance 2016/05

33 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2016

See all articles by Kai P. Purnhagen

Kai P. Purnhagen

Wageningen University; Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics

Hanna Schebesta

Wageningen UR - Law and Governance Group

Date Written: July 15, 2016

Abstract

In Scotch Whisky Association, the Court of Justice held that a minimum unit pricing mechanism on alcoholic drinks constituted a measure equivalent to a quantitative restriction under Art. 34 TFEU, because it prevents the lower cost price of imported products being reflected in the selling price to the consumer, and therefore hinders market access. Both, the Advocate General and the Court, used this judgment to introduce some remarkable insights particularly on the future of the market access formula, the relationship of the Common Agricultural Policy to the freedom of goods and how national courts need to make recourse to scientific evidence when applying the proportionality test.

Keywords: Market Access, Common Agricultural Policy, Science in Court, Freedom of Goods

Suggested Citation

Purnhagen, Kai Peter and Schebesta, Hanna, A Case Moving at the Frontiers of Market Access, Freedom of Goods, the Common Agricultural Policy and Science in Court - Reflections on Scotch Whisky Association (July 15, 2016). European Law Review (Forthcoming); Wageningen Working Papers in Law and Governance 2016/05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2810123

Kai Peter Purnhagen (Contact Author)

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Erasmus University of Rotterdam - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics ( email )

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Hanna Schebesta

Wageningen UR - Law and Governance Group ( email )

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Wageningen, 6706KN
Netherlands

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