Posts tagged as alcohol

Excise duty reduction has increased alcohol sales to north in Estonia

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said on Thursday that as a result of lowering excise duty rates on alcohol, sales on Estonia’s northern border have increased, indicating that Finnish tourists are once again buying more alcohol to take back with them from Estonia. Speaking at the government press conference on Thursday, Helme said that initial figures are very encouraging, adding that it seems to him as though the government’s…

Scientists: alcohol control measures fail to change consumption habits

Friday, August 2, 2019

Lithuania’s alcohol control policy based on bans and tax increases has failed to have any major influence on consumption habits, according to a survey carried by scientists from Vilnius University. VU scientist Algirdas Bartkus is calling for the reduction of excises on all alcoholic beverages. “If we take a look at the excise policy, so it should not be satisfying in essence. The existing excise level is incompatible with income…

The Baltic countries are the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, August 1, 2019

Road accidents, fighting in the streets and in bars, broken shop windows and cars, mountains of garbage, sexual harassment – this is the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. On June 7, 2018, four armored personnel carriers of the US Army, Stryker, collided in a major road accident in the Prienai district. 13 US troops sought medical assistance. Another accident happened on the night of June 9…

Mayor: Alcohol sale in Latvia’s Valka has fallen less than expected since Estonian tax cut

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

After Estonia’s decision to reduce its excise tax on alcohol, alcohol sales in the border town of Valka have fallen, but not as dramatically as initially expected, Valka Mayor Vents Krauklis told Latvian Radio on Wednesday morning. Krauklis said that alcohol sales have dropped by about ten percent. According to Krauklis, Estonia’s main aim in reducing the excise tax on alcohol was to regain so-called alcohol tourists from Finland, which…

Volume of alcoholic drinks produced in Latvia up 2% in five months

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

In the first five months of 2019, a total of 21 708 million litres of alcoholic drinks (except beer) was produced in Latvia, which is 2% more when compared to the same period of 2018, according to data from the State Revenue Service’s (SRS) compiled information on excise tax. In the first five months of 2019, a total of 25.36 million litres of alcoholic drinks (aside from beer) was commissioned…

Estonia cuts alcohol excise duty by 25%

Monday, July 1, 2019

A law to amend the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act that stepped into effect in Estonia on Monday cuts the rates of the excise duty on beer, cider and strong alcohol by 25%, informed LETA/BNS. It appears from the accompanying notes of the bill that the purpose of lowering the duties is giving business operators an opportunity to cut alcohol prices in order to curb cross-border trade…

Two men detained in alleged youth burning murder

Monday, July 1, 2019

Two men were detained by Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) personnel Sunday night/Monday morning, following the death of a 16-year-old boy whose body was found inside a burning house in Tartu County in the small hours of Monday, Baltic News Service Reports. The two men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are aged 21 and 22 and are being held as murder suspects, BNS reports. An emergency services…

Baltic States should discuss tax on alcohol together, prime ministers agree

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has discussed with Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas the need to resolve the alcohol excise tax issue by all Baltic States together, said the leader of Latvia’s government at a press-conference on Tuesday, 25 June. Estonia’s prime minister agreed that this would be an appropriate solution, said his Latvian counterpart. Kariņš explained that «everyone should understand that this is not a primarily a health issue…

Finland to follow suit in responding to planned Estonian excise cuts

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Finnish Grocery Trade Association and alcohol producers said that Estonia’s plan to lower the excise duties on beer, cider and spirits, ostensibly to curb cross-border trade between it and Latvia, requires an immediate response. The coalition put a bill before the Riigikogu Monday to reduce excise duties, long the brunt of criticism for driving customers, not only from Estonia but also from Finland, south of the border to Latvian…