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Bulgaria objects to Minimum Unit Pricing


14 September 2012


The WSTA has today welcomed the objections raised by Bulgaria to the Scottish Government’s proposals for a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol.

WSTA Chief Executive, Miles Beale said:

“We are not surprised that concerns about the legality of minimum unit pricing have been formally notified by the Bulgarian Government to the European Commission.

“The extended timetable for consideration of the proposals provides an opportunity for other countries to register their opposition and for the European Commission to seek an explanation from the UK Government about the validity of the Scottish Government’s proposals.”

The Bulgarian Government is the first European Member State to officially submit an objection to the European Commission about the minimum unit pricing proposals notified earlier this year.

The objection means that the consideration period for the Scottish Government’s minimum unit pricing proposals will now extended for a further 3 months to 27 December 2012.


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