Rules of trade in alcoholic beverages are outdated and often contain unrealistic or abolished norms, therefore it is advisable to cancel, and the necessary standards to move in a special document.
This conclusion experts of the European business Association appealed to the Ministry of economic development and trade, the Ministry of Finance and state fiscal service, reports the press service of the EBA.
As stressed in the Association, yet because of the imperfection and inconsistency of rules, the business cannot use these rules to work, although fully adheres to the law.
The current rules, noted in the Association, developed in 1996, and contain the instructions – how and where to trade (decree of the CMU “On approval of Rules of retail trade in alcoholic beverages” from 30 July 1996 No. 854).
“Rules are based on various laws and regulations. It is therefore logical that when changes are made to various legal acts, they are transferred to the rules,” – said in the Association.
And added that such changes did not happen structurally. So now “the rules contain a little past, a little non-existent and even a small amount is really important for trading standards.”
It is noted that the list of prohibitions for trade, containing the law, is much broader than the one that contain the rules.
“Alcoholic beverages still are considered to be those which contain from 1.2% alcohol, although in reality the limit is 0.5%. The rules still require a certificate of conformity, although certification as mandatory for almost 5 years as canceled” – said in the Association.
Another controversial rule applies to beer, which is alcohol. At the same time, the rules in this drink do not apply, said the experts.
Controversial and rule on the storage and sale of alcoholic drinks is can be done only by workers with special education.
“The value of this provision is unclear in the context of the execution because it is not specified what kind of education is it – the sommelier, the seller, etc.”, – noted in the Association.
The requirement for stamps on bottles of alcohol, experts say, applies only to domestic producers
“Although the Tax code requires any stamps on alcoholic beverages of more than 8.5%, irrespective of the country of production”, – told in the Association.
Regulations and rules that you cannot sell alcoholic beverages with obvious signs of damage, no proper labelling, which ended the expiration date.
However, it is a General requirements product safety and information for consumers.
“They are already specified in the law of Ukraine “About the basic principles and requirements for safety and quality of foodstuff” and “About information for consumers regarding food products,” – said the expert.
The rules also specified a number of requirements for the storage of alcoholic beverages, including on the situation, temperature and display products.
“However, each manufacturer sets their own requirements to their products, so they may differ from those specified in the rules,” explained the Association.
In addition, the regulation contains rules regarding restaurant business, as, for example, about the preparation of cocktails or the use of measuring vessels.
“However, logically, they should be in the rules that directly affect the restaurant business” – summed up in the EBA.