EU: Nurburgring Challenge will Fail

The European Union is confident that a legal challenge to its anti-tobacco legislation by the Nurburgring race circuit will fail

EU: Nurburgring Challenge will Fail

In a statement issued by the EU on Wednesday, it stated its belief that attempts by the owners of the Nurburgring circuit and an action by the German government to claim that its anti-tobacco advertising legislation was introduced illegally will fail.

This comes ahead of a pan-European ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship coming into force after this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The two legal processes began in 2003 by the German government in the European Court of Justice and the Nurburgring in the Court of First Instance.

The Nurburgring argues that the ban on tobacco sponsorship is unlawful because it will cause them economic damage by potentially costing them their Formula One races.

The statement issued by the EU said: "No hearing has yet been scheduled for either of these cases. It is difficult to predict when hearings are likely to take place, or when judgements can be expected.

"The Commission is confident that these challenges will not succeed. In its judgement annulling the 1998 Tobacco Advertising Directive the Court explicitly stated that the EU could legitimately introduce a ban on certain types of tobacco advertising and sponsorship with cross-border implications.

"The 2003 Directive adheres strictly to the limits laid down by the Court in its 2001 judgement."

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