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Lithuania: Alcohol free petrol stations since January 1st

Lithuania’s Parliament on Tuesday (November 10th) has rejected a proposal to extend the permit to sell alcoholic beverages in petrol stations until 2019.

As of 1 January 2016, a provision of the Law on Alcohol Control will come into force, banning alcohol sale in the country’s petrol stations. The proposal to reject extension was supported by 50 MPs, with 9 votes against and 16 abstentions.

The trend of industry scale attempts to speed-cancel existing laws the very last minute before they come to effect continues in Lithuania. Curious fact – this happens only with alcohol control related provisions.

Lithuania already had been confronted with a very similar situation, when total alcohol advertising ban was canceled couple of days before it was supposed to take effect.

Eurocare, NordAN and APYN sent a support letter to the Parliament of Lithuania urging Parliament members to vote in favor of the alcohol sale ban at petrol stations.

Estonia is now following Lithuania´s example when Ministry of Social Affairs introduced a bill on October 19 and part of that bill is also a ban for alcohol sales at petrol stations.

15 and older Lithuanian consume 15.4 liters of alcohol per person according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report.

Vaida Liutkutė

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