Proposal for new law on alcohol
Communication from the Commission - SG(2010) D/5283
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No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Nao inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.
1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2010 0074 S EN 01-02-2010 S NOTIF
2. Member State
3. Department Responsible
Kommerskollegium (National Board of Trade)
SE-113 86 Stockholm
tel. +46 8 690 48 00
3. Originating Department
4. Notification Number
2010/0074/S - C00C
Proposal for new law on alcohol
6. Products Concerned
denatured alcohol and products containing alcohol
7. Notification Under Another Act
8. Main Content
The government intends to table a proposition for Parliament with a proposal for a new law on alcohol. The new law on alcohol will replace the current Alcohol Act (1994:1738) and also contain provisions on the sale of denatured alcohol and preparations containing alcohol, which are currently regulated in the law (1961:181) on the sale of denatured alcohol, etc. The major changes in relation to the current legislation that are considered to require notification are indicated below.
- Sale of denatured alcohol, except for fully denatured alcohol in accordance with Regulation No. 3199/93/EEC of 22 November 1993, can only be carried out by those approved as warehouse-keepers according to Chapter 6, Article 1 of the Alcohol Act (1994:1564).
- Denatured alcohol and preparations containing alcohol must be denatured in order to prevent, as far as possible, any human consumption (Chapter 6, Articles 3 and 8).
- In principle, the sale of preparations containing alcohol must be free, although provisions exist concerning the design of the packaging, so that the products cannot be supplied if there is a risk that they will be used for the purpose of intoxication and the products must be denatured as indicated (Chapter 6, Articles 6-9).
9. Brief Statement of Grounds
The proposed changes regarding the sale of denatured alcohol and preparations containing alcohol are primarily intended to simplify the system that applies at present. The requirement for a permit to import, procure and sell is thus removed and is replaced with a right for the person approved as a warehouse-keeper according to the rules for excise duty to retail denatured alcohol. Furthermore, the present provisions concerning approval of denaturing are removed and replaced with instructions on what denaturing a product must have. The provisions that restrict the trade have been produced in order to prevent the alcohol having unrestricted availability in society with the resulting risk of human consumption. Denatured alcohol usually has a very high alcohol content and for that reason it is already dangerous if consumed. The rules on denaturing are intended to prevent human consumption of the products without preventing them being used for their intended purpose and such rules are necessary in the interests of public health.
10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
There are no basic texts
11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
12. Grounds for the Emergency
14. Fiscal measures
15. Impact assessment
16. TBT and SPS aspects
NO – The project has no significant impact on international trade.
No - The draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure
Kontaktadress Direktiv 98/34
Fax: (32-2) 296 76 60
sent to :
Työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö
Ms. Leila Vilhunen
Malta standards Authority
Sarah Jane Meli
Ministry of Economy and Commerce Division for Internal Market
CU N Lovseth Hanne Leen
European Free Trade Association
Mr. Robert Murphy
AGENCIA ESPAÑOLA DE SEGURIDAD ALIMENTARI Comisión Interministerial para la Ordena
Mª Luisa Aguilar Zambalamberri
Mr Tony Losty
Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade General Directorate of Standardisation
Mr Mehmet COMERT
EFTA Surveillance Authority
Mr. Gunnar Thor PETURSSON
Représentation Permanente du Royaume-Uni
Department for Business, Innov. & Skills
Mr Philip Plumb
State Agency for Metrological and Technical Surveillance
Hungarian Notification Centre Ministry of National Development and Eco
Mr Zsolt Fazekas
Représentation Permanente de l'Irlande
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