Finland: Govt plans easing alcohol lawFebruary 12, 2016
The government is planning to relax the alcohol law to allow more freedom for serving times and customer service in restaurants, Finland Times report.
The reform also entails a plan to abolish distinction between all alcoholic beverages, wines and beer.
Family Affairs and Social Services Minister Juha Rehula also offered the possibility of extending the opening hours of the alcoholic beverage retailer Alko.
However, the monopoly position of Alko will not be changed.
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“Preserving Alko´s monopoly function, as it was stated in the proposal, is important from alcohol harm reduction perspective,” said Kristiina Hannula, EHYT´s director. “When final decisions are made, it is reasonable to keep the current retail selling hours as well. By increasing availability through additional hours of sale will inevitably increase also total consumption,” reminds Hannula.