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Amsterdam to expand ban against drinking booze on the street (14 March 2017)
Amsterdam is expanding its ban against drinking alcohol on the streets of the city center. From Wednesday you are not allowed to drink alcohol around the supermarket behind the Royal Palace and on the streets around the Leidseplein. More >>
MP will introduce bill in order to liberalize alcohol sales (11 March 2017)
Liberal MP Erik Ziengs (VVD) will shortly introduce a members bill to change the current Alcohol Licensing and Catering Act. Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP managed to lay hands on the document. More >>
Majority in the Dutch Parliament adopted four motions regarding alcohol policy (1 March 2017)
A majority in the Dutch Parliament adopted last week four motions regarding alcohol policy. More >>
Criticism of EUCAM on research commissioned by STIVA (9 January 2017)
The European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing (EUCAM) criticized today the research report 'Social Media Age Check Alcohol-adverteerders' by R2 Research commissioned by the Foundation for Responsible Alcohol consumption (STIVA), an association of Dutch manufacturers and importers of beer, wine and spirits. More >>
Extra excise duty on sparkling wines abolished (20 December 2016)
As of January 2017 a bottle of champagne will be on average 1.10 euros cheaper. That's because the Dutch government abolishes the additional duty on sparkling wine (sometimes called bubbly-tax). Today, Senate agreed to the Tax Plan in which this has been settled. More >>
Van Rijn: Excise up and decrease availability of alcohol (16 December 2016)
State Secretary Martin Van Rijn (Health) recommends future cabinets to look seriously at increasing the excise duty on alcohol. That is an effective way to curb drinking, Van Rijn said in a letter to the parliament. At the same time it brings money to the Treasury. Van Rijn also advises to consider two other internationally recognized effective measures to make people drink less alcohol, namely limiting the number of outlets and a total ban on alcohol advertising and - sponsorship. More >>