Internet drinks ban unlawful: EU

Sweden’s ban on the purchase of alcohol over the Internet by private individuals contravenes European Union law on the freedom of trade, that’s the latest ruling of the EU trade court.

The EU Commission took Sweden to the court over Stockholm’s refusal to allow people to buy strong beer, wine or spirits from other EU member states over the Internet.

The ruling is the second of its kind to go against Sweden, with the court saying Sweden’s wish to keep alcohol consumption in check and prevent young people from abusing alcohol does not justify the ban on Internet purchases.

The court also ruled Swedish customs’ seizures of beer, wine and spirits, either made from individuals or from shipping companies bringing the goods into Sweden, were unlawful.

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