Parliament opposes higher drinking age
8 May 2007, THE HAGUE – A majority in Parliament opposes raising the drinking age for beer, wine and alcopops to 18.
8 May 2007
THE HAGUE – A majority in Parliament opposes raising the drinking age for beer, wine and alcopops to 18.
A proposal from Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst (Labour PvdA) has come up against opposition from her own party, the Christian democrat CDA and Green-left GroenLinks.
The two coalition parties think that enforcement of the existing age limit of 16 should first be stepped up before new measures are considered.
CDA MP Ciska Joldersma thinks the minister is proposing too sweeping a measure in order to clamp down on a small group of problem youth. She is urging for an approach focused on the young people "who are drinking vast amounts," in combination with better enforcement of the current minimum age.
The PvdA also wants to see current legislation better enforced. Only after every effort has been made to this effect will the faction consider raising the drinking age.
Both the CDA and PvdA agree that underage individuals buying alcohol should themselves be penalised. Under current legislation only the shop and café owners can be prosecuted.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news