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Sweden Sued over Internet Alcohol

Published onsdag 30 november 2005 kl 11.48
Confiscated Internet Alcohol

The Swedish state is being sued by around 40 people who have had their Internet orders of alcohol confiscated by customs.

They are members of an organization defending private imports within the European Union, and argue that the interventions violate EU rules allowing for the free movement of goods and services.

It is legal for private persons to physically bring in almost unlimited quantities of alcohol for personal use here. But Sweden says its restrictions on Internet and mail orders are because of public health concerns and are exempt from the EU provisions regarding goods and services.

The European Court is hearing a case on the issue Wednesday.

A government proposal to discourage private imports, and reverse plummeting sales at Sweden’s state monopoly liquor stores, by lowering alcohol taxes has stalled because the Left and Green parties refuse to support the legislation.

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