The Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM) has proposed to include beer in the category of alcoholic beverages andto raise its excise rate. A draft law on the matter is now considered by the parliamentary standing committees.
MP Iurie Bolboceanu, the bill author, said the initiative’s goal is to reduce the alcohol consumption in society.
“Beer is an alcoholic beverage in fact, as far as the alcohol by volume there makes 4.5% on the average; however, beer does not fall under the laws regulating the field of alcoholic beverages. I propose to give beer the status of a low-alcohol beverage. Besides, the 1.85 lei excise must be increased to 2 lei per liter of beer, regardless of the type. Raising excises will lead to the beer price growth and a drop in its consumption. Also, the beer production must be liable to the licensing”, Bolboceanu said.
The MP of the DPM also proposed to make amendments to the Code of Offences to make ordering, producing and distributing advertisements of alcoholic beverages be punished with fines of up to 1,000 lei for individuals and up to 12,000 lei for legal entities. He said that even if the legislation forbids broadcasting promos of alcoholic beverages between 7 am and 10 pm, the Law on advertising provides no penalties.
At the same time, the bill author proposes to fine the using of bottles returned for bottling alcoholic beverages (6,000-8,000 lei) and the sale of imported ethyl alcohol (10,000-12,000 lei).