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Case 249/81 Buy Irish [1982]

Case 249/81 Commission v Ireland (Buy Irish) [1982]

Facts

  • The Irish Government organised a campaign to promote domestic products over those from other EU Member States
  • This campaign was managed through a quango – a private company controlled by the Irish Government

Issue

Decision

  • Yes, yes

Reasoning

  • The flow of trade between Member States would be disrupted by the government’s action
  • It was irrelevant that the campaign was conducted by an intermediary, as that intermediary was under the government’s control
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