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Case 70/86 Commission v UK (Dim-dip headlights) [1988]

Facts

  • Directive 76/756/EEC laid out common technical requirements for motor vehicle headlights, which must be complied with in order to sell in the common market
  • The UK adopted more stringent requirements

Issue

  • Did there requirements breach EU law?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Where the EU has exclusive buy cheap xanax online competence, a Member State will be pre-empted from acting within that area of competence
  • This case could be decided differently today, as the EU more often than not sets out ‘minimum requirements’ as opposed to full harmonisation requirements
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