In 1995 the Commission issued a formal notice, or warning letter, to Germany which was followed in 1998 by another. The German authorities responded and the Commission has since be studying the response. A Commission spokesperson told ENDS Daily that the case was on the agenda for the 27 January meeting but his understanding was that no "decision in substance" would be taken. Rather the case was likely to be postponed once again.
At the end of last year, a German court ruled in favour of an Austrian drinks company which had taken the German Government to court claiming that its refillable beverage container quota violated European law (ENDS Daily 3 December 1999.
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