Algirdas Butkevičius

Lithuanian PM wants to ban alcohol sales in petrol stations

Prime Minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkevičius, says a ban to sell alcohol in petrol stations would help reduce alcohol consumption, reports Delfi

A ban to sell alcohol in petrol stations was adopted in 2011 but its entry into force was postponed to 1 January 2016. This week the Government rejected Parliament’s proposal to suspend the amendments for three more years until 1 January 2019. The prime minister has emphasised that the main objective of petrol stations is to supply fuel to vehicles and not sell alcoholic beverages. Butkevičius also dismissed claims that petrol prices would rise once the sale of alcohol is prohibited.

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“The situation is such that Government did not supported the idea of postponing alcohol sales ban in petrol stations proposed by some Parliament members. And this is officially announced in media. The final decision is now on Parliament and there will be voting,” explains Aurelijus Veryga, who is the Lithuanian board member of NordAN and the president of National Alcohol and Tobacco Control Coalition in Lithuania. “Usually Parliament does not go against Government opinion if Parliament asked for this opinion officially as it was in this case. But anyway when it comes to tobacco or alcohol you can expect anything. We are optimistic, but with advertisement there was also optimism and last minutes have shown that power is in other side.”

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