The European Commission (EC) has expressed concerns to the Scottish Government about its plans to introduce a minimum price of alcohol. The EC’s Industry and Enterprise Directorate has expressed an “opinion” on the matter to the Government in Edinburgh. An EC spokesman told M&C Report: “The contents of the opinion is confidential. What we can say is that the opinion finds problems in the legal compatibility [of the minimum pricing proposal and European law].” He added: “We fully share the objective to fight against the abuse of alcohol and we’re ready to support in the efforts of the Scottish Government.” The spokesman said Scotland can proceed with the measure from 27 December. “We expect them to adapt the measure according to the opinion in respect of the EC Treaty.” Meanwhile, he confirmed that governments of five EU countries - France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria - have written to the EC expressing concerns about Scotland’s minimum pricing proposals. The Scottish Government’s attempts to impose a minimum price are being looked at closely by the Westminster Government, which is to relase a consultation on similar measures this autumn.