The World: Berlin - German govt forced to accept EU ban on tobacco ads

The German government is banning tobacco advertising. Germany is one of only five European countries that refused to implement the European Union directive on tobacco advertising, which came into effect in August last year.

In 2003, the German government requested the European Court of Justice review the validity of the EU directive, arguing the EU lawmakers had exceeded their power under the internal market provisions of the EU treaty.

However, yesterday the court's advocate-general recommended that the court dismiss the action, forcing Germany to adhere to the ruling.

The other four countries refusing to implement the directive are Hungary, the Czech Republic, Spain and Luxembourg.

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