Free trade loses out as Brussels supports German PCP ban

Germany has been told for a second time by the European Commission that it can keep a ban on pentachlorophenol (PCP) even though it goes further than EC law. The announcement came three months after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) upheld a French challenge to the Commission's first decision. This time Brussels has argued that Germany was justified in having a PCP ban because it would help to reduce high levels of dioxin contamination - but its reasoning remains fallible and appears to have been influenced by a desire to keep the Nordic countries sweet as they prepare to join the European Union.

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