Finland's tough levy on non-reusable beverage packaging is under attack from the European Commission, which is claiming that the charge could be a disguised and illegal trade restriction.

Brussels is threatening to take the Finnish government to the European Court of Justice over the matter, which could order it to reform the system.

€0.67 is charged on beverage bottles that cannot be returned to manufacturers, and a €0.16 fee is made on returnable packaging. Bottles that can be refilled attract no levy.

 The Commission claims that the scheme breaks EU trade laws because it could impede the flow of drinks imports into Finland. And although the scheme is designed to promote the use of refillable bottles, it also alleged that the levy's operation breaks technical rules in the EU packaging waste directive.