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Latvian MPs to propose sooner deadline for banning beer in large bottles

The Latvian lawmakers intend to discuss moving forward the deadline for the ban on sale of beer in PET bottles larger than one liter when revising the bill that had been sent back to the parliament by the Latvian president.

Speaking to the press after the meeting of the ruling coalition parties today, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) said that a working group might be organized to discuss the bill under which beer sales in large bottles were to be banned as of September 2020 but which the Latvian president refused to promulgate and returned to the parliament for revision.

MP Imants Paradnieks (National Alliance) said the ruling coalition should agree on a new deadline and his party suggested that the ban could take effect on January 1, 2018. The proposal by Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis to ban sale of any alcohol in plastic bottles could be discussed some time in the future, he added.

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