Solberg’s Conservatives in favor of allowing sales of stronger alcohol in Norwegian shops

Beer VinmonopoletPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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During the Conservatives’ national party conference, it was decided that the party was in favor of allowing the sale of beverages with an alcohol content of up to 8% in grocery stores.

The Conservatives are also in favor of liberalizing alcohol policy on several other points.

Among other things, the party wants the opening hours for alcohol sales to be extended both at Vinmonopolet and in stores.

Ingunn Jordheim, Secretary-General of the Association of Wine and Liquor Suppliers, believes that the Conservatives are weakening Vinmonopolet and fears that the consequence may be that Norway’s exemption for Vinmonopolet through the EEA may fall through.

“I hope that does not become a reality,” she said.

The Progress Party (FRP), on the other hand, welcomed the alcohol position of the Conservative Party.

“We now hope the Conservatives will vote with the FRP in the Norwegian parliament (Storting),” FRP’s consumer policy spokesperson Silje Hjemdal said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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