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Finland: Centre seeking compromise on alcohol law reform

The ruling parties’ efforts to iron out the final few details of a draft bill to introduce changes to the alcohol legislation of Finland hit a serious deadlock on Wednesday.

Annika Saarikko (Centre), the chairperson of the working group appointed to draw up the reform bill, announced that the preconditions for continuing the negotiations do not exist and that the meeting scheduled for yesterday had consequently been cancelled.

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) was reluctant to comment on the developments on Wednesday. He emphasised that the fate of the reform bill now lies with the parliamentary groups and reminded that the government will discuss the draft bill only after the working group has reached a settlement.

Sipilä also stated that the reform is not among the top priorities of his government. “This certainly isn’t one of the biggest reform on our agenda,” he said.

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