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A buyer picks up euro coins in a supermarket in Vilnius on January 1, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / PETRAS MALUKAS

Lithuanian MPs overturn contentious law ID’ing all booze buyers

After a fortnight of grocery retailers’ mandatory carding, Lithuanian lawmakers gave in to the angry alcohol buyers’ demand to repeal the order and passed this week an amendment that now requires sellers to ID only those alcohol buyers who seem to be underage.

The change to the Law on Alcohol Control was adopted swiftly, with 92 votes in favor, three against and eight abstentions. The amendment will go into force after Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė signs it into law.

Disappointed, Laurynas Vilimas, executive director at the Lithuanian Association of Trade Enterprises (LPIA), says that the lawmakers have given in to the public’s pressure being worried, first of all, of the impact of the anger on their electoral prospects. Lithuania is gearing up for a new parliamentary election on October 9.

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