As of 1 January 2016, a provision of the Law on Alcohol Control will come into force, banning alcohol sale in the country’s petrol stations.
The proposal to reject extension was supported by 50 MPs, with 9 votes against and 16 abstentions.
Social Democrat MP Bronius Bradauskas said that the ban would result in a loss of several hundred jobs. In the opinion of the politician, illegal sale of alcohol surrogates such, as the local “pilstukas”, will flourish in small towns and villages as a result and the black market will get a boost.
MP Kėstutis Daukšys from the Labour Party also believes that the ban will not help to achieve the desired results – reduced access to alcohol.