Food Law News - EU - 2001

DEFRA Press Release (291/01), 13 December 2001

BEEF - UK Government Welcomes European Court's Judgement that the French Ban on British Beef is Illegal

The UK Government strongly welcomed today's Judgement in the European Court of Justice that the French ban on British beef exports under the Date-based Export Scheme (DBES) was illegal.

The Judgement states that France was in breach of Community law for not accepting beef exported under the DBES from the UK.

The Secretary of State, Margaret Beckett said:
'I am delighted that the Judgement supports the case taken by the Commission. It vindicates the UK position of using the proper legal channels when Member States fail to implement EU legislation. We hope that the French Government will put in train the necessary measures to lift the ban.'

The Judgement of the Court is final and there is no recourse for appeal.

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