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The proposals of the Ministry of economic development on the lifting of restrictions on the sale of alcohol was included in the draft plan of measures aimed at increasing the growth rate of the economy in 2017. But the decisions the government has not yet adopted
The government is not yet ready to abandon the proposals of the Ministry of economic development by easing regulation of the alcohol market, the draft plan of measures aimed at increasing the rate of growth of the Russian economy in 2017. This document (copy have RBC) were discussed on January 10 at the meeting the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, which focused on the implementation of the action plan in the economy in 2016 and the draft integrated plan of action for the 2017-2025 years.
Economic development initiatives was included in the list of proposals that the government have not accepted but not rejected. We are talking in particular about the proposal to reduce the excise tax on alcohol, to cancel a number of restrictions imposed in 2012-2016 in the retail sale of alcohol and to allow its implementation through the Internet.
That the Ministry of economic development of Russia began work on the mechanism of sales of alcohol and tobacco via the Internet, RBC wrote in August 2016. And in September it became known about the proposal by the MAYOR to reduce excise in the fight against illegal production of alcohol products. Against these initiatives and has repeatedly advocated the Ministry of Finance and its controlled Rosalkogolregulirovanie (PAP).
Their negative feedback to the proposals of the Ministry of economic development contained in the action plan in 2017. So, in the opinion of the Ministry of Finance says that the remote sale of alcohol is contrary to the concept of state policy on reduction of alcohol consumption in Russia. In addition, the Ministry of Finance in favour of retaining the ban on the sale of alcohol in plastic containers larger than 1.5 liters and restrictions on the number of places selling alcohol. Now, the products concerned may not be distributed in stores at gas stations, on site or in close proximity to educational and medical institutions.
In turn, in the opinion of RAR, has drawn attention to the complexity of the remote control of alcohol sales and resulting from these risks. Among them, the threat to the health of consumers because of the possibility of selling unsafe products and the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors. Moreover, as have informed RBC in the press service of PAP, the Agency supports the introduction of pre-trial blocking of sites dealing with trade in alcohol.
In late December, senators Sergei Ryabukhin and Vitaly Shuba submitted to the state Duma the billwhich provides for the imposition of the fine to 1 million rubles for the “dissemination of information containing proposals on the retail sale of alcoholic beverages remote way.”