Further delay for German drinks pack deposits

Judge orders government not to publish refillables statistics to "protect legal rights of plaintiffs"

Berlin's higher administrative court has told the German environment ministry not to publish statistics on refillable drinks packaging sales in 1999 that are due to trigger deposits on one-way beer and mineral water packaging. The ministry was expected to release the figures any time from the end of this week after beating off a legal challenge in the lower administrative court (EED 20/07/01).

The higher court says a further stay is necessary because the coalition of brewers, mineral water producers and retailers who lost the first case have now launched an appeal and the existing deadline of 15 September no longer allows enough time for legal procedures

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