NordAN´s support letter to the Parliament of Lithuania

NordAN sent a support letter to the Parliament of Lithuania yesterday, November 9, 2015, urging  parliament members to vote in favor of the alcohol sale ban at petrol stations. The amendment was adopted four years ago, and now with only weeks until it comes to effect (January 1, 2016), there was an initiative to revoke the ban.  The vote was planned for Tuesday, November 10.

“We would like to remind that Lithuania is among EU countries that is experiencing enormous harm from alcohol consumption, including mortality due to drinking and driving. According to the OECD Health at a Glance 2015 report published on November 4 Lithuania is the leading country when it comes to alcohol consumption among adults. From year 2000 to 2013 Lithuania has experienced also by far the biggest growth in consumption. This trend is clearly very dangerous and requires strong action, as it was also highlighted by dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, director of the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe when she visited Lithuania in September,” NordAN letter states.

“In the latest WHO report on alcohol and health Lithuania is already mentioned among the countries  implementing such ban. For instance 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.”

After the vote on Tuesday, representatives of the Lithuanian National Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition informed us that the results were positive and the ban comes to force on January 1 as planned.

NordAN support letter