Es­to­nian pres­i­dent takes time to think about sweet­ened bev­er­ages tax

The Baltic Times - - OUR COMMENTARY - BNS/TBT Staff

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.

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