European Union – Consumer protection. The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling, deciding that the notion of 'natural mineral water from one and the same spring' contained in art 8(2) of Directive (EC) 2009/54 had to be interpreted as referring to a natural mineral water that was drawn from one or more natural or bore exits, and which originated in one and the same underground water table or in one and the same underground deposit, where, at all those natural or bore exits, that water had identical characteristics, pursuant to the criteria specified in Annex I to the Directive, that remained stable within the limits of natural fluctuation.