Finnish Grocery Trade Association

Permitting the sale of strong beer in grocery stores would not require Alko's monopoly to end

A report by the Finnish Grocery Trade Association supports a reform liberalising the sale of mildly alcoholic beverages outside Alko, the Finnish state alcohol monopoly. This would lead to better realisation of the EU’s principles on internal markets and competition.

According to an expert statement issued by Mika Oinonen, Lexia’s adjunct professor on competition law, EU law would not require Alko’s monopoly to end if the sale of strong beer and wine in grocery stores were permitted.


The statement acted as a catalyst for heated national debate on permitting the sale of stronger alcoholic drinks in grocery stores. The issue is being fostered by the Finnish Grocery Trade Association, and the proposal has led to significant political debate for and against the change.

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