The government has defended its proposed alcohol bill and denied that a potential reduction in sales was a barrier to trade in a submission to the European Commission.
Ireland was required to respond after it was warned by 14 member states and the commission two years ago that the proposed bill may conflict with EU law.
The member states said the bill was a disproportionate response to the issue of alcohol misuse that would discriminate against new products entering the Irish market. They were sceptical that it would reduce alcohol consumption and questioned why less restrictive measures had been rejected in favour of the “stringent” proposals.
In its response, released to The Times, the Department of Health said it chose legislation as, while awareness and…
Source: Catherine Sanz, The Times, UK, 14/06/18