Pubblico Ministero v Ratti


This is an Italian case

Ratti was not complying with an Italian law about packaging of varnishes. There was an EU directive on this. The exisiting Italian law was stricter than the EU law.

The ECJ found for Pubblico Ministero – the state is allowed to go further than the EU law.

Italy had not yet implemented the directive – the deadline had not passed. It made no difference because the existing Italian law more than covered what was needed.

A state must meet the requirements of a directive and may go further if it wishes.


About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s