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Opposition blasts idea of state alcohol monopoly

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Following yesterday’s rumors of an alcohol retail sales monopoly by the state, Viktor Szigetvári, the co-leader of the E-PM party, called on cabinet chief János Lázár and economy minister Mihály Varga to indicate whether the press report was correct and if so, to reveal what the purpose of the plan was.

Socialist opposition blamed the government for planning to adapt the “mad scheme” of tobacco retail sales on alcohol sales. Zoltán Lukács, the deputy group leader of the party, said that “looting” the spirits market, which generates an annual HUF 400 bln, would result in the closure of nearly 100,000 small shops and bars, and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.

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