Stubbing out the tobacco directive
The recent decision by the European Court of Justice to overturn the EU ban on tobacco advertising is good news for the rule of law and subsidiarity, writes Paul Dacam, but it has given the UK government a bit of a headache
On 5 October, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) took the unusual step of annulling the EC directive (98/43/EC) concerning the advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products. The ECJ’s decision is likely to be extremely important for advertising in other market sectors and also has significant constitutional implications concerning the extent of the powers of the European Union institutions.
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