Ruling groups find agreement on alcohol law reform

The ruling parliamentary groups have reached an agreement on a draft bill to reform the alcohol legislation of Finland.

The Finnish government will propose that the maximum alcohol content for beverages sold at grocery shops be raised to 5.5 per cent but also that the issue be designated as a matter of conscience in the first reading in the Parliament, thus allowing the members of the ruling parliamentary groups to exercise their own discretion in voting.

Antti Kaikkonen, the chairperson of the Centre Parliamentary Group, revealed in a news conference yesterday that the members will also be allowed to submit their own proposals regarding the alcohol content of beverages sold at grocery shops. The Parliament, he added, will vote on each of the proposals.

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