Social Ministry wants to ban alcohol sales in petrol stations (12)

A basket filled with alcohol-free beer. (Postimees/Scanpix)
10/8/2015 1:40 PM
Category: Society

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.

J.M. Laats

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