EC ad­vises Baltic States to co-op­er­ate in in­tro­duc­ing «sugar tax»

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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.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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