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Published on July 9th, 2013 | by Dean Carr


Parliament in Turkey aims to restrict the sale of alcohol

Parliament in Turkey has passed a proposed legislation to restrict the retail sale of alcohol between certain hours. Under the bill, Turkish stores will be unable to sell alcohol between the hours of 10pm and 6am, essentially late-night hours.

Only the Turkish President can now derail the proposition, and is expected to decide during the coming week whether to sign or reject the bill.

The controversial law was passed through the Turkish parliament in May 2003, and is cited as a move to protect young people from the harmful effects of alcohol. Critics purportedly view it as an Islamist agenda, particularly as the bill also proposes a ban on alcohol advertising and bans producers from sponsoring events.

Spokespeople from drinks companies and tourism bodies have already voiced their concern over the proposed legislation, arguing it could damage tourism revenues.

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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