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UK minimum pricing plans put on hold … thanks to Bulgaria

Fearing the impact that Scottish, and possibly UK-wide, proposals for minimum alcohol pricing could have on their exports, Bulgarian wine producers have persuaded their government to lodge objections with the European Commission.  This has resulted in the consultation period being extended until the end of the year.  Other countries that export substantial quantities of alcohol to the UK may well follow suit.

This recent money.co.uk article gives more detail on the Bulgarian challenge, and an excellent summary of the story so far.  Minimum pricing would be contrary to EU law unless it could be justified on quite narrow grounds, which the Scottish Government says it can be.  Many commentators suggest it can’t.  Watch this space.