Today, the first of June, the Lithuanian Parliament voted for important changes to the Alcohol Control Law. After lengthy discussions and some minor amendments to the proposals, the ‘alcohol control regulation package’ was adopted 101 votes for, 10 against, with 10 abstaining. Some amendments will become effective from 2018, while others as of 2020.
Parliament decided that people under the age of 20 will not be allowed to buy or drink alcoholic beverages as of 2018. The new law will also shorten the hours of alcohol sales in stores and catering establishments and forbid alcohol advertisements except for places where alcoholic beverages are sold. Alcohol consumption in sport venues during events will be forbidden completely, as well as alcohol sales at temporary selling points on beaches. As of 2020, non-stationary points of alcohol sales will disappear.
The last step is the signature by President Dalia Grybauskaite. According to the leader of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union the president will not veto the amendments.