Es­to­nian Pres­i­dent re­fuses to pro­claim «sugar tax» law

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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.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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