aA
Lithuania's parliament will discuss in spring whether alcohol advertisement should be allowed in foreign publications distributed in the country.
Seimas to decide on alcohol ads in foreign magazines in spring
© DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

During the last session of the fall session on Saturday, the parliament gave its initial backing to the amendments to the Alcohol Control Law proposed by 10 conservative MPs that would allow an exception for foreign-language imported publications published by legal entities registered abroad.

The amendments will be considered further in spring. A government's conclusion has also been requested for the motion.

"It is a violation of consumer expectations to receive a proper product," conservative MP Radvilė Morkūnaitė-Mikulėnienė said in her presentation of the bill.

Mykolas Majauskas, member of the parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee, noted that the alcohol ban in Lithuania could lead to a rise in Russian publications, as Russia has an analogous ban on advertisement of alcoholic beverages.

After a blanket alcohol advertising ban came into force in Lithuania on Jan. 1, foreign magazines with removed or covered up alcohol ads appeared on the shelves of stores. Distributors said they did not want to risks being slapped with a fine for alcohol advertising.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė said that the full ban on alcohol advertisement was a shame for Lithuania over the fact that distributors of foreign publications are forced to rip out pages with alcohol ads or conceal them in other ways.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has suggested that the distributors should not remove the alcohol ads published in foreign magazines.

Vigintas Bartasevičius, CEO of Press Express, Lithuania's biggest distributor of foreign magazines, has told BNS that all alcohol ad-containing pages of publications supplied to stores and subscribers were being torn off or such ads are blackened out, or stickers are placed on them.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

President proposes nine legislative initiatives for Seimas spring session

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has proposed including nine legislative initiatives into the...

People returning to Lithuania from China advised to avoid contact

People who have returned from China where the new COVID-19 coronavirus is spreading are advised to...

EU leaders fail to agree on new budget: Nausėda hopes for decision over month

EU leaders on Friday failed to agree on the Community's 2021-2027 budget amid disagreements over its...

Vilnius district municipality backs further asphalt-paving of PM's street

Vilnius District politicians on Friday decided to endorse a strategic activity plan for 2020–2022...

Vilnius resident suspected of forging ID and other documents of various countries

Criminalists from Vilnius police have busted a man who is suspected of forging ID and other...

Top news

Vietnamese student feels happy living in Vilnius: back home I wear mask every day

Vietnamese student Tri Huynh Viet Minh from Saigon is full of curiosity. Having won a scholarship...

President proposes nine legislative initiatives for Seimas spring session

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has proposed including nine legislative initiatives into the...

Experience Lithuanian culture: Užgavėnės in Kaunas

In Lithuania, we call the holiday Užgavėnės, which can be loosely translated into ‘Before fasting...

Leader in gaming and VR platforms to undergo major expansion in Lithuania

Unity Technologies , creator of the world’s most widely used real-time development platform for...

German polymer specialist establishing microduct systems production unit in Klaipeda

REHAU , a family-owned polymer specialist with annual sales of around EUR 3.5 billion, is...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina