Case C-343/05 and visit to Finland

According to these press releases (1, 2 (pdf)), a fifteen-headed delegation of the European Court of Justice arrived in Finland yesterday for a four day visit.

But we all know that this is not the European news the Finns are talking about these days.

The delegation is led by Mr Vassilios Skouris and includes high ranking Members such as Mssrs. Jann, Rosas and Malenovský (Presidents of Chambers) as well as First Advocate General Ms. Stix-Hackl.

The delegation will meet, among others, Finland's President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, as well as the Presidents of the Finish Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court.

The press releases do not really state what will be discussed at these meetings, but I wonder if, perhaps informally, oral tobacco will be talked about.

The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that Finland has failed to implement Article 8a of
Directive 89/622/EEC (which was added by Directive 92/41/EC and is contained in Article 8 of Directive 2001/37/EC), by allowing the sale of oral tobacco on ships registered in the semi-autonomous Åland Islands (Case C-343/05).