Mayors to tackle youth drinking

19th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 November 2007, THE HAGUE – Mayors are being given a new role in fighting alcohol abuse among youth. They are being granted more powers to intervene in the hospitality industry, for instance. Municipal officials will also be given the authority to impose administrative fines on business owners, a power reserved for the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority until now.

19 November 2007

THE HAGUE – Mayors are being given a new role in fighting alcohol abuse among youth. They are being granted more powers to intervene in the hospitality industry, for instance. Municipal officials will also be given the authority to impose administrative fines on business owners, a power reserved for the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority until now.

From 1 January 15 municipalities will be given the lead in this new approach, Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst said. Ter Horst, Youth and Family Affairs Minister Andre Rouvoet and Public Health Minister Ab Klink recently sent a letter to Parliament outlining "Main guidelines of the alcohol policy."

It had already been announced that municipalities may be given permission to raise the alcohol purchase age from 16 to 18. Ter Horst thinks this could be useful if it takes place regionally, so that young people cannot simply go to the next town to buy alcohol. This will not be implemented nationally however because the seriousness of the problem varies from region to region.

Municipalities will also be able to pass ordinances to ban not only the use, but possession of alcohol on the street. Young people caught with bottles or cans would then risk a fine.

Municipalities may also decide to ban young people under a certain age from entering bars and nightclubs.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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