FINLAND: Ruling parliamentary groups to continue talks over alcohol law reform

The three ruling parliamentary groups will convene this week to seek an agreement on the bill to reform the alcohol legislation of Finland, according to the chairpersons of two of the three groups, Simon Elo (NA) and Antti Kaikkonen (Centre).

The reform process hit a deadlock late last month. The Centre Party, in particular, was reluctant to proceed based on the outlines of the reform that were hammered out over a year ago and would have granted grocery shops the right to retail beverages with an alcohol content of up to 5.5 per cent regardless of their production method.

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