Alcohol at petrol stations to sell are not allowed

Alcohol at petrol stations to sell are not allowed

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The presidential administration did not support the bill for permission to sell alcohol at the gas station


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The presidential administration did not support a bill lifting the ban on the sale of low-alcohol drinks at the gas station. The final decision will be up to the government of the Russian Federation. This follows from resolution up to the bill (copies of documents are at the disposal of “Izvestia”). Position the business to return the alcohol to the filling, otherwise it will increase the price of gasoline. The FAS deny any connection between the cost of fuel and the presence of alcohol in the store at the gas station.

The draft Federal law on the abolition of the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages at gas stations was considered by the presidential administration in March. The bill proposes to lift the ban on the retail sale of petrol stations, alcohol products containing ethyl alcohol not more than 16.5%. This ban in 2011.

— The bill is not consistent with the purposes of the concept of implementation of public policies to reduce the abuse of alcoholic beverages and prevent alcoholism among the population for the period till 2020, — the decision of the state legal Department of the AP.

Also, the administration of the President, argues the interior Ministry, which opposes lifting the ban. The Ministry believes that trade on the pump provides a more convenient access of the population to alcohol.

When this AP takes into account the explanatory note to the bill, which says that the ban is “ineffective measure to combat the use of alcohol by drivers and a factor that has a negative impact on the state of competition in the retail trade in these products”.

— Given that the bill addresses socio-economic issues, including those relating to the protection of health of citizens, we believe that the final decision on the bill must take into account the position of the government of the Russian Federation, — said the Agency.

A bill to lift the ban on selling alcohol at gas stations was introduced in the state Duma in the beginning of this year.

In mid-March passed the “zero” hearings in the Public chamber. To them the bill was supported by representatives of the Russian fuel Union (RTS, brings together all companies that implement fuel retail), an Independent fuel Union (unites independent gas stations), the Federation of automobile owners of Russia, RSPP Committee on energy policy and energy efficiency. The RSPP in this case acts as a representative of major oil companies.

The President of RTS Evgenie Arkusha has declared “news” that the sale of fuel at filling stations last years is becoming less profitable.

— The main income of gas stations accounted for related products in which the sale of alcohol to 2011 he held more than 50%. The return of alcohol will increase the profitability of gas stations and will serve as a factor hindering the growth of gasoline prices, said Yevgeny Arkusha.

The FAS don’t see the correlation the sale of alcohol at petrol stations with the cost of gasoline, said Anna Orlova from the press service of the Ministry.

The sale of food and related products bring important revenue stations: the minimum rate of — 5-10% of total revenue, calculated for the “News” of financial analyst group of companies “Finam” Timur Nigmatullin. According to him, some focusing on such sales the gas station, the figure can reach up to 30%.

The analyst also estimated that the profit margin of these commodities is usually higher than that of the fuel, 10-20%.

Growth in sales of low-alcohol drinks can have a positive impact on the budget revenues from taxes from the owners of independent gas stations, said the Director of the Department of tax consulting “Alliance Consulting” Margarita Yesipova. But the main danger of the bill is a risk of an increase in the number of accidents. For not quite law-abiding citizens is an unnecessary temptation that they will take advantage of, — the expert believes.

In the major oil companies that own gas stations (“Rosneft”, “Gazprom Neft”, “LUKOIL”), declined to comment.