Notification Detail

Proposal for new law on alcohol

Notification Number: 2010/74/S (Sweden )
Date received: 01/02/2010
End of Standstill: 03/05/2010 ( 02/08/2010)

Issue of comments by: Spain
Issue of detailed opinion by: Italy
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - SG(2010) D/5283
Directive 98/34/EC
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2010/0074/S

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.

(MSG: 201000283.EN)

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)
Box 6803
SE-113 86 Stockholm
tel. +46 8 690 48 00

3. Originating Department

4. Notification Number
2010/0074/S - C00C

5. Title
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

13. Confidentiality

14. Fiscal measures

15. Impact assessment

16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

NO – The project has no significant impact on international trade.

SPS aspect

No - The draft is not a sanitary or phytosanitary measure

Catherine Day
Europeiska kommissionen

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
Catalina Groza

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
Violetta Veleva


Hungarian Notification Centre Ministry of National Development and Eco
Mr Zsolt Fazekas

Représentation Permanente de l'Irlande
Denis Colfer

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