|Author (Corporate)||Court of Justice of the European Union|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the labelling of goods originating in the territories occupied by Israel.
In November 2016, the French Minister for the Economy and Finance published a notice to economic operators concerning the indication of origin of goods originating in the territories oocupied by Israel since 1967. The notice specified that 'foodstuffs from the territories occupied by Israel must (therefore) be labelled to reflect this origin' and required products having such an origin to include the term 'Israeli settlement' or equivalent terms.
By two applications, the Organisation Juive Européene and Psagot sought the annulment of the disputed notice before the French Council of State. This institution considers that the compatibility of the French notice with EU law depends on whether the latter requires, for a product originating in a territory occupied by Israel since 1967, an indication of that territory and an indication that the product comes from an Israeli settlement if that is the case, or, if not, whether the provisions of the Regulation allow a Member State to require such products to carry such labels. It has therefore referred the matter to the Court of Justice in July 2018.
On 13 June 2019, the Court's Advocate General issued an Opinion which argues that EU law requires - for a product originating in a territory occupied by Israel since 1967 - the indication of the geographical name of this territory and, where it is the case, the indication that the product comes from an Israeli settlement. The Court issued a judgment on 12 November, which argues that foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied, where those foodstuffs come from an Israeli settlement within that territory, by the indication of that provenance.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry|
|Subject Tags||Consumer Rights | Protection|
|Keywords||CJEU Judgments, Labelling
|Countries / Regions||France|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|