Cassis de Dijon case
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Important EU Court case inventing mutual recognition of standards.
EC Court verdict from 1979 stating that, as a general rule, products in one EU country are also legal in other EU countries (case 120/78).
The verdict forced the member states to agree on common standards to which they would otherwise not have agreed.
Cassis is a French liqueur with an alcohol level of 16%. Germany would not allow it to be sold as “liqueur” under German law, which states that the minimum percentage of alcohol should be 25%.