EU Court Approves Internet Alcohol

The European Court of Justice says Sweden has no right to stop people buying alcohol over the internet from other EU nations, as this breaks union rules on the free movement of goods.

The EU court ruled on Tuesday that Sweden’s law is an ”unjustified restriction” which isn’t proportionate or suitable to try to reduce alcohol consumption here. The ruling goes against that made by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in November, which backed the ban.

The Swedish authorities have regarded alcohol as a special case and have been confiscating goods unless a person physically brings them into the country themselves. Swedes had been using websites to get cheaper alcohol than that available in the state-monopoly shops.

It’s thought the court’s decision could open the way to greater freedom for people to import wine and beer across the 27 nation bloc.