Estonian President refuses to proclaim «sugar tax» law
The President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, has this week returned to the Riigikogu a law that would have set in place a tax on sweetened drinks.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that on Monday, July 3, Kaljulaid stated in a press release: «I am in favour of the goal set with the so-called sugar tax to guide the people of Estonia and first and foremost children and youth to consume less sugar and thereby decrease the health damages caused by excessive consumption of sugar».
However, Kaljulaid stressed that the law would exempt drinks sold on board a ship or plane on international routes, which presented an unjustified advantage granted for one field and hence was not consistent with the principle of equal treatment set out in the Constitution.
The Estonian parliament adopted last month the law on the taxation of sweetened beverages according to which all sweetened drinks containing more than five grams of sugar per 100 ml would have to be taxed, with a the tax rate of a beverage with a sugar concentration of 5-8 grams per 100 ml – 10 cents per litre. The planned tax rate for beverages with a more sugar is 30 euro cents.