EC advises Baltic States to co-operate in introducing «sugar tax»
Vytenis Andriukaitis, the Lithuanian European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, has voiced his backing to Baltic efforts to cut sugar consumption levels, recommending that the sugar tax initiative proposed in Lithuania should be coordinated with Poland and the other Baltic states.
«There are countries that cooperate and efficiently introduce the tax, there are countries that have introduced it and later recalled it, there are countries that introduce it only on certain products, but the tendency is that the introduction of the tax is securing more and more support amid high obesity numbers, especially among children,» Andriukaitis told BNS news agency as quoted by Estonian public broadcaster ERR.
Andriukaitis emphasised: «As products are purchased in neighbouring countries, I would welcome joint efforts by Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland to impose a tax on sugar.»
Currently, Lithuanian economists and politicians have different opinions regarding the possible benefits of additional taxes on sugar; however, Lithuanian Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga has stressed that it is still a proposed idea without any solutions.