EU court rejects German tobacco complaint

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12 December 2006, Luxembourg (dpa) - Europe's highest court on Tuesday dismissed a complaint brought by Germany against European Union guidelines on tobacco advertising. Under the ruling by the European Court of Justice, Germany will be obliged to ban cigarette advertisements in newspapers, periodicals and magazines, on the radio and the internet. The EU directive also prohibits tobacco sponsorship of cross- border events or activities, such as Formula One races. Advertising in cinemas and on billboards or

12 December 2006

Luxembourg (dpa) - Europe's highest court on Tuesday dismissed a complaint brought by Germany against European Union guidelines on tobacco advertising.

Under the ruling by the European Court of Justice, Germany will be obliged to ban cigarette advertisements in newspapers, periodicals and magazines, on the radio and the internet.

The EU directive also prohibits tobacco sponsorship of cross- border events or activities, such as Formula One races.

Advertising in cinemas and on billboards or using merchandising, for example ash trays or parasols, falls outside the scope of the law, although these can still be banned under national law.

Bulletins produced by locals associations, programmes for cultural events, posters, telephone directories and leaflets are also excluded from the ban.

Tobacco advertising on television has been banned in the EU since the early 1990s.

The EU rules, agreed in 2003, had to be transposed into national legislation by July 31, 2005.

Germany had challenged the legal basis of the EU directive, asserting that tobacco advertising has little to do with the bloc's single internal market.

However, the court rejected these arguments saying that divergent national regulations on tobacco advertising impede the free movements of goods and the exchange of goods and services within the EU.

DPA

Subject: German news

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