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Estonia: Committees don’t back justice chancellor’s criticism of excise hike

The Constitutional Committee of the Estonian parliament did not support the opinion of Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise that the fast-tracked increase in alcohol excise duties was unconstitutional. The Finance Committee came to the same decision.

Chairman of the constitutional committee, MP Ken-Marti Vaher (IRL), said that the chancellor of justice would likely take the matter to the Supreme Court.

“The constitutional committee took the view that the said legislative amendment by which the rates of the alcohol excise duty were raised is constitutional, and it doesn’t support the proposal of the chancellor of justice, and this is the position that we’ll go to the plenary with,” Vaher told BNS on Monday afternoon.

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