EU General Court : The Regulation on trade of seal products is valid

On April 25th, in the case T-526/10 "Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Others v Commission", the General Court of the EU ruled that the Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 of 16 September 2009 on trade in seal products is valid.

The action for annulment has been done by the "Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami", an association which represents the interests of Canadian Inuits, which tried to demonstrate that the Regulation has been adopted on no legal basis. They argue that Regulation 1007/2009 has been adopted on the basis of animal welfare which is neither a legal basis in the EU Treaties nor a EU objective.

Moreover, they argue that this Regulation is infringing the EU general principle of freedom of movement.

The General Court judged that Regulation 1007/2009 has been adopted on the basis "of the improvement of the conditions of functioning of the internal market, taking into account the protection of animal welfare" which is a correct legal basis and fits within EU objectives. Furthermore, the General Court ruled that a balance has been achieved by the Regulation between Inuits' interests, animal welfare and the freedom of movement.

On those grounds, the General Court dismisses the action


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