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Culture and European Union Law$
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Rachael Craufurd Smith

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275472.001.0001

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Labels, Locals, and the Free Movement of Goods

Labels, Locals, and the Free Movement of Goods

(p.80) (p.81) 3 Labels, Locals, and the Free Movement of Goods
Culture and European Union Law

Niamh Nic Shuibhne

Oxford University Press

In considering how localized consumer tastes have to comply with the requirements set by both regional and national production, we realize that the free movement of goods in the European Community may bring about certain issues regarding compatibility. The need to find a balance between what local consumers and producers are already familiar with and currently practise and what the market is capable of providing has long been a concern of various Community institutions. As such, the Court of Justice (ECJ) has already come up with principles to be applied within issues of internal market law. While such issues have been the subject of various debates, ‘local’ interest is grounded on consumer protection, particularly on market breadth value and proper product labeling. This chapter examines whether cultural diversity should give more attention to issues regarding the free movement of goods and consumer protection.

Keywords:   national production, regional production, cultural diversity, Court of Justice, consumer protection, free movement of goods

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