A draft bill restricting the sale and consumption of alcohol has passed from a parliamentary commission after long debates.
The Turkish Parliament’s Planning and Budget Commission’s bill forbids any kind of commercial promotion of alcoholic beverages.
The bill also requires alcoholic beverage producers in Turkey to put warnings on bottles about the potential damage of alcohol to the human body. This message can also be conveyed in a graphic or a picture.
The bill also bans the sale of alcohol in any establishment near schools or mosques. Critics said it would make serving alcohol impossible in any of the cities’ main entertainment locations due to the vague definition of “educational institution” and the large number of mosques.
Alterations, however, have redefined “educational institutions” according to a narrower list and excluded proprietors who have previously obtained liquor licenses, as well as certified tourism establishments.
Businesses holding tourism certificates will not be affected by the regulation. If the bill passes, petrol stations will not be able to sell alcoholic beverages and Violators of the law will be fined up to 500,000 Turkish Liras.