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Standardised EC book prices

May 10th, 1993

Myth: Movements are underway in Brussels to standardise book prices
throughout the European Community, thus enabling bookshops in the rest of the EC to set minimum prices on imported books and thereby damaging Britain’s valuable export trade.
Response: The Commission has no intention of standardising EC book prices.
Background: There was a recent proposal from the Federation of European Editors (FEE) and the Grouping of Community Libraries Associations (GALC) that attempted to persuade the Commission to implement such a concept. Nevertheless this was turned down as it would be incompatible with Articles 30, 85 and others of the Treaty of Rome.

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