The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has declared that the ban on the importation of alcoholic drinks into Sweden except through the Swedish State monopoly is contrary to European law. Under Swedish law, only the State monopoly has the right to sell alcoholic drinks in Sweden. Alcoholic drinks may only be imported into Sweden through the State monopoly or wholesalers authorised by it. When a Swedish national was prosecuted for illegally importing alcoholic drinks, the Swedish Supreme Court asked the ECJ to rule on whether the ban was in line with European law. The ECJ found that the Swedish rule restricted the free movement of goods within the European Union and could not be justified on public health grounds, as the State monopoly did not seem to refuse orders or limit sales to young people for such reasons.