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Thu, 07 Jan, 2016 01:11:57 AM
FTimes- STT Report, Jan 7
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Chairs of parliamentary groups have expressed different opinions on possible sales of alcohol in grocery stores, reported the Kokoomus (National Coalition Party) online publication Verkkouutiset.
According to a survey by the Verkkouutiset, parliamentary group leaders Anna-Maja Henriksson of the Suomen ruotsalainen kansanpuolue (Swedish People’s Party of Finland) and Peter Östman of the Kristillisdemokraatit (Christian Democrats of Finland) have disapproved the proposal.
Only Sampo Terho of the Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) is in favour of bringing wine to grocery stores.
The Vihreät (Green League) and the Kokoomus have not yet made a decision on the matter, and both the Keskusta (Centre Party) and the Suomen Sosialidemokraattinen Puolue (Social Democratic Party of Finland-SDP) replied to the survey with a general answer. 
Keskusta parliamentary group chair Matti Vanhanen believes that the party will support a proposal for bringing alcohol from home to a restaurant.
SDP parliamentary group leader Antti Lindman hopes that the government would first inform parliament completely on alcohol-related issues before proposing reforms.
All the parliamentary group leaders support the rights of microbreweries to sell their products.
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