Moscow. July 3. INTERFAX.RU – the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid refused to sign the government’s and the Parliament adopted the law on sweetened beverages. As have informed on Monday “Interfax” in the press service of the head of state, Kaljulaid sent the law back for revision to the Parliament.
“I support the purpose of the tax: to distract the people of Estonia and first of all children and young people from excessive consumption of sugar and thereby reduce the associated damage to health”, – said the President. “However, don’t argue the law because I believe that it is contrary to paragraph 12 of the Estonian Constitution, which enshrines the principle of equal treatment,” said Callid.
She also expressed the view that the information contained in the law exemption from payment of tax drinks on international flights, ships and aircraft inconsistent with the Constitution, since the legislator unreasonably puts one sector of the economy in a more privileged position compared to others. The law was passed on June 19. He was voted 52 deputies, against 37, abstentions were not.
According to the law, the proposed tax levy drinks containing sugar or sweeteners more than 5 grams per 100 ml. the Rate of tax on beverages containing sugar concentration of 5-8 grams per 100 ml, would have amounted to 10 cents per liter. Drinks with a higher concentration of sugar should be taxed 30 cents.
The same rate is set to beverages with sweeteners. The government justifies the need for the introduction of a tax on sweets to care about people’s health. At the same time, the Ministry of Finance expects due to this to increase tax revenues to the state budget in 2018 by 15 million euros, in 2019 by 16 million euros, in 2020 to 17 million euros. The law should enter into force on 1 January 2018. It caused ambiguous reaction in the society.