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EU court rules against Sweden's alcohol restrictions

Published:  23 July, 2008

European Union's top court rules against Swedish law limiting the sale of alcohol.

Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said restrictions on alcohol sales would remain despite the court ruling and that he was confident the government would preserve its tax revenues.

He added that the ruling would only have a marginal effect on sales due to an earlier ruling from the court that any imports of alcohol should be taxed under Swedish rules.

But the court said that Sweden's justification for the law to protect young people was unacceptable as it affected everyone.

The case went to the court after a Swede was prosecuted with others for buying Spanish wine from a Danish website. He argued this broke an EU provision for the free movement of goods.

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