Judgment of the Court of 20 February 1979.

Rewe-Zentral AG v Bundesmonopolverwaltung für Branntwein.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Hessisches Finanzgericht - Germany.

Measures heaving an effect equivalent to quantitative restrictions.

Case 120/78.


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:1979:42
20/02/1979 Rewe v Bundesmonopolverwaltung für Branntwein
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:1979:42
20/02/1979 Rewe v Bundesmonopolverwaltung für Branntwein
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Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:1979:3
16/01/1979 Rewe v Bundesmonopolverwaltung für Branntwein
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Reports of Cases

1979 00649

Greek 1979:I/00321 Portuguese 1979/00327 Swedish IV/00377 Finnish IV/00403 Spanish 1979/00351

Subject-matter

Information not available

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-02 Free movement of goods
    B-02.03 State monopolies of a commercial character
      B-02.03.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-02 Free movement of goods
    B-02.02 Prohibition of quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect in trade between Member States
      B-02.02.02 Measures having equivalent effect
        B-02.02.02.05 Rules concerning the production, denomination and marketing of products
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-02 Free movement of goods
    B-02.02 Prohibition of quantitative restrictions and measures having equivalent effect in trade between Member States
      B-02.02.02 Measures having equivalent effect
        B-02.02.02.05 Rules concerning the production, denomination and marketing of products


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 22/05/1978

Date of the Opinion

  • 16/01/1979

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

20/02/1979


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 147 from 22.06.1978, p.6

Judgment: OJ C 87 from 03.04.1979, p.6

Name of the parties

Rewe v Bundesmonopolverwaltung für Branntwein

Notes on Academic Writings

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Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Hessisches Finanzgericht - Germany

Subject-matter

  • Free movement of goods
  • - Quantitative restrictions
  • - Measures having equivalent effect
  • - State monopolies of a commercial character
  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Alcohol

Provisions of national law referred to

Branntweinmonopolgesetz (BranntwMonG), Paragraph 100 Abs. 3 Verordnung über den Mindestweingeistgehalt von Trinkbranntweinen vom 11/03/1958

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

Information not available

Judge-Rapporteur

Pescatore

Advocate General

Capotorti

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Italian