National Inuit Leader Mary Simon issued the following statement today in reaction to the recent court ruling in Brussels regarding the first of two cases submitted by Inuit seeking to strike down the European Union legislation, and associated regulations, banning the import of seal products into the EU. “Inuit are disappointed that the EU did not see fit to rule on the merits of this case, and have dismissed it, on technical grounds as inadmissible without a hearing. We will continue to review the ruling closely, and will communicate our next steps as to what we intend to do as soon as it is practical. I would also like to point out that we continue to have a second case in front of the court challenging the adequacy of the implementing regulations associated with the ban. We are awaiting judgement in that case.” Meanwhile the Canadian Sealers Association says it will continue its efforts to expand on markets in Russia and China, despite the rejection of the Inuit challenge to the European Union’s (EU) ban on seal products.