Reducing harm caused by alcohol


Minimum pricing case to be heard in Europe

The Scottish Government will make the case for introducing minimum unit pricing for alcohol at the European Court of Justice today.

EU member states will also have the opportunity to make representations on the proposal to introduce a 50p minimum unit price.

The hearing in Luxembourg will enable the court to produce its preliminary ruling on the policy.

Legislation to bring in a minimum unit price of 50p was passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) mounted a legal challenge in the Court of Session which found overwhelmingly in favour of the Scottish Government. However, this decision was appealed by the SWA, and the appeal court referred the matter to the European court.

Read the Scottish Government's news release