Estonian president takes time to think about sweetened beverages tax
The law introducing a tax on sweetened beverages in Estonia was not among the 27 laws that President Kersti Kaljulaid promulgated on Thursday, June 22, with the spokespeople for the president saying that the head of state has not taken her stand yet.
The president analyses all the laws put before her thoroughly and within the time period allowed, and will then make the decision, the president's spokesman Taavi Linnamae said.
At the same time, it is no secret that the tax on sweetened beverages has attracted a wide response and several interest groups have turned to the president with a request to not green light it, Linnamae added.
At an extraordinary session last week, the Riigikogu adopted a law on a sweetened beverage tax that imposes a tax on beverages sweetened with sugar or a sweetening substance which contain more than 5 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters, by votes 52 to 37 and no abstentions.
The Food Industry Association, the Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry sent a letter to the president, asking her not to promulgate the law as unconstitutional and processed in neglect of good legislative practice.