Municipality to decide on drinking age

1st June 2007, Comments 0 comments

1 June 2007, THE HAGUE – The cabinet has agreed to a proposal from Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst to allow municipalities to decide whether to increase the drinking age for weak alcoholic drinks from 16 to 18.

1 June 2007

THE HAGUE – The cabinet has agreed to a proposal from Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst to allow municipalities to decide whether to increase the drinking age for weak alcoholic drinks from 16 to 18.

The Labour PvdA minister recently urged that national legislation be amended to ban teenagers under the age of 18 from buying or consuming any alcohol whatsoever, but could not muster the necessary support in Parliament.

The drinking age for weak alcoholic drinks, like beer, wine and alcopops, is 16. The drinking age for hard alcohol is 18.

 

A change to national legislation would be too drastic a measure, Ter Horst said. So she has agreed with Public Health Minister Ab Klink to leave it to municipalities to decide whether raising the drinking age is a useful and necessary measure, Ter Horst said after the cabinet meeting today.

The Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG) will meet next week to discuss this and a number of other proposals from the cabinet. The ministers have drawn up an administrative accord aimed at handing more authority over to local governments.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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