Danish PM stands by threatened can ban

Rasmussen insists government will not withdraw "well-founded" metal can prohibition

Danish prime minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen has pledged to defend the country's ban on metal cans to package beer and soft drinks against EU legal pressure. The law is being contested in the European Court of Justice by the European Commission, which argues that it breaches the EU's 1994 packaging directive by restricting trade (ENDS Daily 21 April 1999).

Mr Rasmussen was responding to questions from MPs from the right-wing, anti-EU Danish people's party, one of whom described the can ban as "incomprehensible". "The government's stance is clear and firm," replied Mr Rasmussen. "We do not agree with the [European] Commission". The law was "environmentally well-founded," he added, and the government had "no plans" to withdraw it.

Follow Up:
Danish parliament, tel: +45 33 37 55 00, and prime minister's questions (can ban dealt with under points 15-22).

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