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April 21, 2005

EU: ECJ poised to reject long-running legal campaign by banana importers

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is poised to reject a long legal campaign by nine Italian and one British banana importers against the European Commission in a row over import quotas.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is poised to reject a long legal campaign by nine Italian and one British banana importers against the European Commission in a row over import quotas.

The companies claimed that Brussels should have allowed them to convert licences to import African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) bananas into rights to sell bananas from other (Latin American) countries.

Co-Frutta, Alessandrini, Anello Gino di Anello Luigi & Co., Arpigi, Bestfruit, Dal Bello Sife, Frigofrutta, Garletti, Co-Frutta Soc. coop. and London Fruit Ltd had experienced problems sourcing ACP bananas in 1999. The Commission refused, sparking a long legal battle.

ECJ advocate general Dámaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer has now advised the Commission acted within its powers.

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