Latvian health minister praises Estonia's alcohol policy ({{commentsTotal}})

Alcohol for sale at an Alko1000 store in the border town of Valka.
Alcohol for sale at an Alko1000 store in the border town of Valka. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

In a letter to Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski, Latvian Minister for Health Anda Čakša commended Estonia's alcohol policy and said that Latvia is likewise planning to raise its alcohol excise duty.

"I would like to acknowledge that Estonia has implemented several effective policy measures for the reduction of alcohol-related harm," Čakša said her letter to Ossinovski.

"At the same time, I would also like to note that the Ministry of Health of Latvia has been actively working on reduction of harmful alcohol consumption and its consequences," she continued, noting that the excise duty rates on alcohol in Latvia have been increasing since 2015.

According to Čakša, Latvia has decided to raise the excise duty on wine and other beverages with six percent or greater volume (ABV) by 17.9 percent, the duty for intermediate products by 15.2 percent and the duty for beer by as much as 51.1 percent on March 1.

The health ministers of the three Baltic countries on Friday signed a joint memorandum setting out their common intent regarding the development of alcohol and tobacco policies as well as policies promoting healthy eating habits.

The health ministers of the three Baltic countries signed a joint memorandum on Friday setting out their common intent when it comes to developing alcohol policy and tobacco policy as well as policies promoting healthy eating habits.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS



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