Social Ministry wants to ban alcohol sales in petrol stations ({{commentsTotal}})

The Ministry of Social Affairs is drawing up a bill to ban the sale of alcohol in petrol stations and restrict advertising alcoholic beverages.

The first draft is expected to be finished later this month and be ready for comments from other ministries.

Health and Labor Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski said alcohol consumption per capita in Estonia is very high and the state must draw up measures to decrease consumption.

"If we look at petrol stations, then I think it is not a great signal that places connected to driving vehicles, places where cars are refueled, also sell alcohol. I don't think this is sensible," he said.

Tallinn is also tightening alcohol laws, with a ban on alcohol sales in petrol stations in the city also on the cards.

Statoil, one of the largest fuel station chains in Estonia, has taken the city's decision to court, saying such a ban is unconstitutional.

In March, the Supreme Court ruled that such a ban is not unconstitutional.

Editor: J.M. Laats



Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.