Case C-363/18 | Organisation juive européenne, Vignoble Psagot Ltd v Ministre de l’Economie et des Finances

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Publication Date 2018-2019
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Judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the labelling of goods originating in the territories occupied by Israel.

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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.

Source Link http://curia.europa.eu/juris/documents.jsf?num=C-363/18
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Commentary and Analysis
The Independent, 14/06/2019: Grapes of wrath: how wine could bottle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-palestine-wine-vineyards-west-bank-psagot-settlement-eu-a8959301.html
Euro|topics, November 2019: ECJ: labels for products from Israeli settlements https://www.eurotopics.net/en/230316/

News
Deutsche Welle, 13/06/2019: Products from Israeli-occupied areas and settlements should be labeled - EU court adviser https://p.dw.com/p/3KNap
France24, 13/06/2019: Israel settlement goods should be labelled, EU court advised https://www.france24.com/en/20190613-israel-settlement-goods-should-be-labelled-eu-court-advised
EUObserver, 13/06/2019: Shops should label Israeli settler goods, EU jurist says https://euobserver.com/foreign/145152
Haaretz, 13/06/2019: France Should Label Israeli Wine From Settlements, EU Advocate General Says https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-france-should-label-israeli-wine-from-settlements-eu-advocate-general-says-1.7365679
Reuters, 12/11/2019: EU court rules goods from Israeli settlements must be labeled https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1XM1WU
EUObserver, 12/11/2019: Pro-Israeli group scores own goal on EU retail labels https://euobserver.com/foreign/146590
The Guardian, 12/11/2019: Products from Israeli settlements must be labelled, EU court rules https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/12/products-israeli-settlements-labelled-eu-court
Deutsche Welle, 12/11/2019: Israeli settlement products must be labeled as such, EU's top court rules https://p.dw.com/p/3SrXJ
Haaretz, 12/11/2019: EU States Must Label Products From Israeli Settlements, Top Court Says https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-eu-states-must-identify-products-from-israeli-settlements-top-court-says-1.8119332
Times of Israel, 12/11/2019: Israel rejects ‘unacceptable’ EU court decision on settlement labeling https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-rejects-unacceptable-eu-court-decision-on-settlement-labeling/

Official
CJEU: Press Release, 13/06/2019: Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-363/18 Organisation juive européenne, Vignoble Psagot Ltd v Ministre de l'Economie et des Finances https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2019-06/cp190073en.pdf
CJEU: Press Release, 12/11/2019: Judgment in Case C-363/18 Organisation juive européenne, Vignoble Psagot Ltd v Ministre de l’Économie et des Finances https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/p1_2574731/en/

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