News2021.03.10 10:58

Alcohol laws in Lithuania to be reviewed, says parliament speaker

BNS 2021.03.10 10:58

Alcohol control-related laws should be put on the Lithuanian parliament's agenda in April, according to Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktorija Čmilyte-Nielsen.

Lithuania currently has stringent laws on alcohol that include limiting the sale hours until 15:00 on Sundays and 20:00 on all other days, as well as a ban on all alcohol ads.

"Alcoholism remains a fairly serious problem but we should fight against it differently, not by tearing up magazines and being known in the world as a country with completely inadequate measures for this fight,” Čmilytė-Nielsen told Žinių Radijas radio on Wednesday.

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“The advertising ban, which can be easily bypassed by putting out advertising of non-alcoholic beer all over the city and writing it in small letters, is really not an effective and logical way of fighting this serious problem," she said.

"I believe we will review the package of bans to identify those that do not work [and] are against common sense and we will replace them," the speaker said.

On Wednesday, the Lithuanian parliament is gathering for the first day of its spring session.

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