European Court Of Justice

Minimum unit pricing plans stopped by European law

Minimum unit pricing plans halted by European law

By Jessica Mason

The campaign to bring in minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol has suffered a blow after EU judges ruled the Scottish government's plans to introduce such a scheme is contrary to European law.

Scottish minimum unit pricing would infringe EU free trade

Bitter blow for Scottish minimum unit pricing plans

By Minimum pricing

The Scottish Government’s plans to introduce minimum pricing have suffered a bitter blow after the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice said the move infringed EU rules on free trade.

Top 10 stories of 2011

Top 10 stories of 2011

With the PMA website receiving more than 1.5m visits in 2011, here are the top 10 most-read stories of last year on

Brewers to share Budweiser name

Brewers to share Budweiser name

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that brewing companies A-B InBev and Budweiser Budvar can both use the Budweiser name in the UK.

Foreign satellite ruling set for Oct 4

October 4 set for foreign satellite ruling

By John Harrington

Tuesday 4 October has been earmarked as the date for the landmark judgement on the legality of foreign satellite football in pubs, a well-placed...

Murphy: ECJ ruling is due

Football ruling could boost pubco coffers

By John Harrington

The freeing up of football screening rights could increase profits for major pubcos by up to 3.5% and benefit tenanted and freehouse pubs in...

Foreign satellite systems: debate heading for Europe

Pub foreign satellite window 'closed'

By John Harrington & Gemma McKenna

The "window of opportunity" for screening foreign satellite football in pubs has closed, says a high-profile former foreign satellite supplier. Tony...

There are an estimated 6,000 foreign satellite cards in the UK

Foreign satellite footie on the slide

By Tony Halstead

There has been a sizeable drop in the number of pubs screening football via foreign satellite systems, after two foreign broadcasters within Europe...

Grogan: pubs need help

Will 2009 be a better year for pubs?

By John Grogan

Will 2009 be the year that pubs at last gain a place at the centre of the political agenda like that other great British institution, the post office, asks John Grogan.

Satellite battle drags on

Satellite battle drags on

By Ewan Turney

European Court move could take two years The legal battle between the Premier League and two foreign satellite suppliers has been referred to the...