Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, has called for the government to be put under the obligation to draft legal acts by mid-2018 that are necessary for establishing specialized alcohol stores.
Ramūnas Karbauskis
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Karbauskis has registered a relevant draft resolution, suggesting that the Cabinet should prepare bills by July 1 of 2017 for opening of specialized alcohol stores and specify procedures for such alcohol trade licenses.

In his words, the proposal comes in light of the fact that the amendments to the Alcohol Control Law currently discussed in parliament and other legal acts only cover the first phase of the reduction of damages caused to the society by alcohol consumption.

Last December, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said that specialized alcohol stores could open in 2018, with the number of such stores established by the population numbers.

The amendments to the Alcohol Control Law currently submitted to the parliament also contain a proposal on specialized alcohol stores, however, the government's conclusion is that the parliament should refrain from special requirements for alcohol stores for now, as the possibility of specialized stores is yet to be evaluated.

During the campaign before the 2016 elections, LFGU pledged to introduce a state monopoly on alcohol trade, however, later gave up the proposal.

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