THE ITALIAN government has been censured for failing to abide by European Union freedom of trade laws by imposing tough labelling laws for perfumes or cosmetic fragrances, which insist that packaging declares whether they are natural or artificial.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that in this way, Italy has broken Directive 76/768/EEC and ordered it to scrap the law. The case had been brought by the European Commission after Italy failed to respond to its demands for a repeal.

That said, the Italian government did not ...

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