The European Commission has won an important legal battle with Germany over its national drinks packaging waste legislation. The European court of justice ruled on Tuesday that a deposit system introduced to encourage reusable packaging was disproportionate and hindered the free movement of goods.
Industry commissioner Günter Verheugen, responsible for overseeing EU treaty rules on free movement, hailed a "landmark judgement". Environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said it "makes it clear on what terms Germany can require reusable packaging without infringing single-market rules."
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