EU to take Germany to court over water bottles

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The European Union is to take Germany to court over its requirement
that mineral water be sold in refillable bottles, arguing that the
system favours...

The European Union is to take Germany to court over its requirement that mineral water be sold in refillable bottles, arguing that the system favours domestic over foreign producers without a valid environmental benefit, Associated Press reports. EU​ rules require mineral water to be bottled at its source, the German system discriminates against importers because they have to ship the bottles over longer distances, incurring greater costs, EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstroem said. She maintained that studies have shown that using disposable paper packaging is no less friendly to the environment, once the environmental costs of transporting bottles back and forth is accounted for. Germany has acknowledged the new change its 1998 regulations, but has yet to do so, prompting the decision to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice. Source: Associated Press

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