EU states rebuffed over US computer ecolabel

European court advisor says agreement to join US scheme motivated by trade, not environment

An EU agreement to join an American ecolabel scheme for computers should be annulled because it was adopted on the wrong legal basis, according to an advisor to the European court of justice. Considering a case brought to it by the European Commission, advocate general Siegbert Alber said the "energy star" agreement boosted trade rather than environmental protection. The dispute highlights continuing tensions between EU environmental and commercial policies.

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