Drinks tax ruled illegalThis article was originally published in Foodnews
BELGIUM's Court of Arbitration has rejected the government's introduction of an 'eco-tax' on non-returnable single-use drinks containers and ruled that the tax, first imposed in 1993, should be rendered void. Last year, the Belgian bottled water and soft drinks association, the European Milk and Juice Carton Producers Association, and major industry players Danone Waterbrands Benelux and Nestle Waters appealed to the court to consider the legality of the tax. The Belgian government amended the 1993 law so that all drinks in single use containers would be subject to an eco-tax of €9.00 per hectolitre, while reusable containers such as glass bottles would be exempt. This was rejected by the Council of State and the Court of Arbitration on the grounds that it was discriminatory.