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The Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Agency (TAPDK) has announced that a new regulation will be prepared in order to eliminate ambiguities in the implementation of a law that limits the sale of alcoholic beverages and bans ads.
TAPDK officials, who wished to remain anonymous, told Today's Zaman that the new regulation is likely to be revealed in a month. The opinions of public institutions and the ministries of trade and interior affairs will be taken into consideration in drafting the regulation. The officials noted that judicial authorities will oversee the regulation before it is put into effect.
“The second regulation aims to clarify the dark spots of the law [on alcoholic beverages] and to make numerous adjustments on the issues that require explanations. In other words, the goal is not to discuss the bans that come along with the law. Our study only focuses on clarifying question marks regarding the law,” the officials said.
The law on alcohol, adopted in May in Parliament and approved by the president in June, has caused a good deal of controversy. The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government says the restrictions are in line with EU standards while its opponents accuse the government of imposing its own religious values on others.
According to the law, campaigns, promotions or events that aim to encourage the use or sale of these products will not be allowed. Companies that produce, import or market alcoholic beverages will not be permitted to sponsor events using the brand or logo of their products. These companies will also not be allowed to offer free alcoholic beverages as a promotion or giveaway. Violation of this section of the law will incur a fine of between TL 5,000 and TL 200,000. No images of alcoholic beverages will be allowed in TV series, movies or music clips, and any that do appear will be blurred.
In addition, the sale of alcoholic beverages will be banned between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Those caught violating this will incur a fine of between TL 20,000 and TL 100,000.Last Mod: 27 Temmuz 2013, 16:09