The court stressed that this factor might inform consumers’ choices.
The EU has long criticised Israel’s settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian Territories.
An EU requirement from 2015 is that goods from the region must be labeled as such and this has been a sore point between the two sides.
In this particular case, a Jewish organisation and a company producing wine from the occupied territories went to court over a French rule requiring products from the occupied territories to reflect their origin.
The French Council of State turned to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for help in interpreting EU laws.
Advocate General Gerard Hogan noted that EU rules on geographic labeling aim to help consumers make choices on the basis of “health, economic, environmental, social and ethical considerations,’’ the court said in a statement.
He found that the Israeli settlement policy “is regarded as a manifest breach of international law’’ and stressed that some consumers may see this as an “ethical consideration that influences their consumer preferences.’’
Failing to indicate that goods come from the occupied territories could “mislead’’ consumers, he added, while drawing parallels with a boycott of South African goods during the pre-1994 apartheid era.
Hogan is one of several advocates general who provide legal opinions to the ECJ.
The judges generally follow their advice. The verdict will follow at a later date.
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