REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                               ON                                               
                                                                                
                         ALCOHOL CONTROL                                        
                                                                                
                (As amended by 21 December 1995)                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter I                                           
                                                                                
                       GENERAL PROVISIONS                                       
                                                                                
     Article 1. Basic Concepts Used in this Law                                 
     Ethyl alcohol  (hereinafter referred  to as  alcohol)  means               
material  having   a  narcotic  effect,  which  can  bring  about               
addiction to it and dependence upon it.                                         
     Alcohol  products   means   non-denatured   ethyl   alcohol,               
denatured  ethyl   alcohol,  ethyl  alcohol  for  technical  use,               
alcoholic beverages,  ingredients and  raw materials that contain               
ethyl alcohol.                                                                  
     Alcoholic beverages  means beverages which contain from 1 to               
50 per cent of ethyl alcohol by volume.                                         
     Alcohol advertisement  means audio  or  visual  information,               
introducing  alcoholic  beverages,  their  manufacturing,  trade,               
import and  means of  serving it,  or supporting  the use  of it,               
transmitted impersonally  through use  of various ways and means,               
including direct  and indirect alcohol advertisement, in order to               
obtain the  result of  effect of  direct or  indirect support  of               
alcoholic beverages.                                                            
     Indirect advertisement  of alcoholic  beverages  constitutes               
support of  alcohol sales  and use, through popularising names of               
enterprises  which   manufacture,  produce   or  sell   alcoholic               
beverages, through  use of  the goods  labels, symbols  and other               
indications  characteristic  of  alcoholic  beverages,  and  also               
including goods,  products and other material data storage bases,               
and services  sold in  the Republic  of Lithuania  that  are  not               
directly connected with alcoholic beverages and their use.                      
     Alcoholic beverage  support means informative and persuasive               
actions directed  at the  consumer, which  do exert  an influence               
upon the decision to purchase alcoholic beverages.                              
     Alcohol control  includes the  totality of means employed in               
this Law  and other  legal  acts,  including  the  production  of               
alcohol products,  their  import,  domestic  trade,  consumption,               
state regulation means of alcohol advertisement, intended for the               
general consumption  of alcohol and also, the alcoholic beverages               
and other  products, that contain ethyl alcohol, to lower harmful               
results induced by ethyl alcohol use to health and economy.                     
     Local permanent  trade establishments  and  local  permanent               
public  catering   establishments  -  whose  buildings,  as  real               
property, are  established through  state legal  registration, by               
the laws of the Republic of Lithuania and other legal acts.                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 2. The Objective of the Law on Alcohol Control                     
               and Relations Regulated by It                                    
     The objective  of  the  Law  on  Alcohol  Control  shall  be               
reduction of  alcohol consumption  in general, alcohol abuse, and               
the damage  it causes  to health  and economy,  and to  establish               
introduction of state monopoly on alcohol product manufacture and               
trade and the right of state monopoly to produce, sell and import               
alcohol products, noted in this Law, and of granting the economic               
entities legal bases.                                                           
     This Law  shall regulate  relations in  connection with  the               
manufacture of alcohol and food products, with alcohol additives,               
and other  products containing  ethyl alcohol, their manufacture,               
internal trade,  storage, import,  export, and use and shall also               
establish the  bases of  state control of alcohol in the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 3. Principles of State Alcohol Control Policy                      
     The principles of state alcohol control policy shall be:                   
     1) to  reduce accessibility  of alcoholic  beverages through               
taxation;                                                                       
     2) to  limit through state regulatory means, private profit,               
obtained from  the manufacture  of alcoholic  drinks, import  and               
trade in alcoholic beverages;                                                   
     3) to  encourage enterprises  to import  and sell  alcoholic               
beverages which contain less than 22 per cent of ethyl alcohol by               
volume;                                                                         
     4) to limit the support and sales of alcoholic beverages;                  
     5) in  addition, to use the funds resulting from payments of               
the established  portion of excise taxes for alcoholic beverages,               
to prepare and implement health programmes;                                     
     6) to  urge private enterprises to join in implementation of               
state alcohol control policy;                                                   
     7)  to   augment  public   informativeness  concerning   the               
questions of  social and  economic harm  to health  and  economy,               
resulting from alcohol use;                                                     
     8) to  augment the  number of population members, who do not               
use alcoholic  beverages, or  use them infrequently, by promoting               
programmes of temperance organisations.;                                        
     9)  to   support  manufacture  and  sales  of  non-alcoholic               
beverages;                                                                      
     10)  to   support  planning   of  an   alcohol-free   living               
environment;                                                                    
     11)  to   encourage   formation   of   alcohol-free   social               
environment and social activity.                                                
     In the  event the  relations listed  in the  second part  of               
Article 2  of this  Law, shall  not be  regulated by  laws, or if               
legal acts  controlling similar  relations, may not be applied to               
them, then  in resolving  arising disputes, the principles listed               
in the first part of this Article shall be applied.                             
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter II                                           
                                                                                
         SPECIFIC FEATURES OF THE REGULATION OF ALCOHOL                         
          AND OTHER PRODUCTS, CONTAINING ETHYL ALCOHOL,                         
       THEIR MANUFACTURE, TRADE, IMPORT, EXPORT, AND USE.                       
 REGULATION OF THE ALCOHOL PRODUCT CLASSIFICATION, REQUIREMENTS                 
                     AND INDICES OF QUALITY                                     
                  AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTION                                  
                                                                                
     Article 4. Specific Features of the Regulation of the                      
               Manufacture, Trade and   Import of Alcohol                       
               Products                                                         
     Alcohol products  are attributed  to special  products,  the               
manufacture, import,  trade and  use of which, in accordance with               
this and  other laws  and legal  acts, shall be applied a special               
state regulatory regime.                                                        
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania, basing itself               
on the  first part  of Article  4 of  the Law on Trade, may under               
certain  circumstances   introduce  wholesale  and  retail  trade               
monopoly  of   alcoholic  beverages.   Bases  and  conditions  of               
introduction of monopoly and order of its implementation shall be               
determined by  laws and decrees of the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
     In the  presence of  extraordinary circumstances,  when  the               
rate of  sickness of  the  Lithuanian  population  with  alcohol-               
induced psychoses  exceeds the  established index, the Government               
of Lithuania  may set  manufacture and import quotas of alcoholic               
beverage groups.  The rate  of  sickness  with  alcohol-  induced               
psychoses,  the   manufacture  and  import  quotas  of  alcoholic               
beverages  groups,  which  are  established  when  this  rate  is               
exceeded, as  well as  time limits of their introduction shall be               
set by  the Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania  upon  the               
proposal of the Ministry of Health Care.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 5. Specific Features of State Regulation of the                    
               Manufacture, Sales, Import and Consumption of                    
               Products Containing Ethyl Alcohol                                
     If liquids  (technological, perfume  and cosmetics  industry               
products  etc.)   which  contain   ethyl  alcohol,  are  used  as               
intoxicating drinks,  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania               
shall have  the right, basing itself upon selective research data               
supplied by  the Ministry of Environmental Protection, on the use               
of these liquids and the harmful effects upon health, to regulate               
their manufacture,  import, domestic  trade  and  consumption  in               
accordance with the norms set forth in this Law.                                
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall establish               
the procedure for the manufacture and import, as well as domestic               
trade of  the food products, containing alcohol additives, on the               
basis of this and other laws, as well as legal acts.                            
                                                                                
     Article 6. Regulation of Quality and Hygiene Indicators                    
               of Alcohol Products                                              
     Alcohol products,  manufactured by  Lithuanian  enterprises,               
imported and  sold in  Lithuania (hereinafter  referred to  as  -               
alcohol  products),  according  to  their  quality  and  hygienic               
indices must  conform to  normative documents  of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     Requirements regarding the quality of alcohol products shall               
be established in normative documents which shall be prepared and               
approved by  the  Lithuanian  Standardisation  Agency  under  the               
Ministry of Public Administration Reforms and Municipal Affairs.                
     Hygienic indices of alcohol products shall be established in               
normative documents,  that are  being prepared by the Ministry of               
Health Care.                                                                    
     For every  parcel of  alcohol products  manufactured in  the               
Republic of  Lithuania, the manufacturing enterprise must issue a               
certificate attesting  to  the  quality  of  these  products,  in               
accordance with  the  example,  provided  by  the  State  Quality               
Inspectorate  of  Lithuania,  under  the  State  Competition  and               
Consumer Rights' Protection Agency. (Amended 3 July 1995)                       
     Individuals  responsible  for  the  manufacture  of  alcohol               
products, that  do not  correspond to the quality and/or hygienic               
indices, of manufacture and release into circulation, established               
in normative  documents of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  shall be               
liable under the laws and other legal acts.                                     
                                                                                
     Article 7. Determination of Conformity of Alcohol                          
               Products to Requirements of Normative                            
               Documents                                                        
     The State  Quality Control  Inspectorate of  Lithuania under               
the State  Competition and  Consumer Rights'  Protection  Agency,               
State  Hygiene   Inspectorate  under  State  Public  Health  Care               
Service, State  Public Health  Care Service under the Ministry of               
Health Care  and other  control institutions  authorised  by  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania, in accordance with their               
competence, shall  verify whether  the alcohol  products  are  in               
keeping with  requirements of  this  Law  and  of  the  normative               
documents of  the Republic  of Lithuania. Accredited laboratories               
shall test  the alcoholic beverages. The procedure and pricing of               
the   quality   and   hygienic   examination   principles   shall               
correspondingly be  determined by  the State Quality Inspectorate               
of Lithuania  under the  State Competition  and Consumer  Rights'               
                                                                                
Protection Agency  and the  Ministry of  Health Care.  (Amended 3               
July 1995)                                                                      
     In the event the control institutions authorised by this Law               
and other  legal acts, while testing the selected alcohol product               
samples, shall  establish that  these do  not match the normative               
document requirements,  it shall  be construed  that  the  entire               
shipment of  alcohol products  from which the samples were taken,               
does not meet these requirements.                                               
     The procedure for the suspension of sales and further use of               
the alcohol  product shipments, that according to the findings of               
the examination  performed  under  the  instructions  of  control               
institutions, have  been acknowledged  as  failing  to  meet  the               
requirements  established   by  this   Law  and  other  normative               
documents, shall be established by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 8. Classification of Alcoholic Beverages                           
     The types  of alcoholic  beverages  produced  by  Lithuanian               
enterprises and  those imported  and sold  within the Republic of               
Lithuania (further  - alcoholic  beverages), are  classified into               
groups,  taking   into  account   their  ethyl   alcohol   volume               
concentration.                                                                  
     A  maximum   concentration  of   ethyl  alcohol   shall   be               
established for  each alcoholic  beverage  group.  The  alcoholic               
beverage groups  and concentration of ethyl alcohol in them shall               
be established  by normative documents which shall be prepared by               
the  State   Tobacco  and   Alcohol  Control  Service  under  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania  (STACA) and  shall  be               
confirmed by  the Lithuanian  Standardisation  Agency  under  the               
Ministry of Public Administration Reforms and Municipal Affairs.                
                                                                                
     Article 9. Marking of Alcoholic Beverages                                  
     Normative documents  of the  Republic  of  Lithuania,  which               
shall be prepared and confirmed by the Lithuanian Standardisation               
Agency under  the Ministry  of Public  Administration Reform  and               
Municipal Affairs, shall establish requirements of the marking of               
alcoholic beverages.                                                            
     Labels of  alcoholic beverages  manufactured and sold within               
the Republic  of Lithuania  must show the volume concentration of               
ethyl alcohol contained in them.                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter III                                          
                                                                                
               LIMITATION OF ALCOHOL ACCESSIBILITY                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Section 1.                                           
                                                                                
       State Regulation of Manufacture of Alcohol Products                      
                                                                                
     Article 10. Regulation of the Manufacture of Home                          
               -Brewed Strong Alcoholic Beverages                               
     Production of  home-brewed liquor,  brew, and  other  strong               
alcoholic beverages  shall be  prohibited in Lithuania. The STACA               
shall  establish   the  criteria  for  recognition  of  alcoholic               
beverages as home-brewed strong alcoholic beverages.                            
                                                                                
     Article 11. Specific Features of the Regulation of                         
               Alcohol Product Manufacture in the Republic                      
               of Lithuania                                                     
     Ethyl alcohol used in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages               
and ethyl  alcohol additives,  must be  produced solely from food               
raw materials  and must  not be  denatured.  Normative  documents               
                                                                                
prepared and  confirmed by the Ministry of Health Care, establish               
the criteria for acknowledging alcohol products as denatured.                   
     The  use  of  industrial  methods  by  enterprises  in  wine               
manufacturing using juice which contains sulphites, is prohibited               
in the Republic of Lithuania.                                                   
     Installation  of   such  foreign   equipment,  designed  for               
manufacture of alcoholic beverages of lower quality than those in               
the  countries  themselves  or  Lithuania,  of  analogous  higher               
quality manufacture  shall  be  prohibited  in  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 12. Granting of the Right to Manufacture                           
               Alcohol Products to Enterprises                                  
     Enterprises shall  be permitted  to produce alcohol products               
only in  instances where  they have  been  granted  a  three-year               
licence by the Government of Lithuania or upon its authorisation,               
by STACA.  The licence to produce alcohol products shall be given               
to enterprises  only in  instances where  they have the normative               
documents, that have been confirmed in the established procedure,               
which determine the technical conditions (equipment), quality and               
hygienic requirements  and indicators,  a laboratory  for testing               
the quality  of alcoholic  beverages, and personnel of prescribed               
qualification level.  STACA shall set the personnel qualification               
requirements.                                                                   
     The licences  must include a listing of the types of alcohol               
products, including  alcoholic beverages,  whose  manufacture  is               
permitted.                                                                      
     The conditions  and procedure  of granting  and revoking  of               
licenses and  the  reasons  for  refusal  of  issuing  such,  for               
manufacture of  alcohol products,  shall be  established  by  the               
Government of  the Republic of Lithuania, in accordance with this               
Law and the Law on Enterprises.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 13. Granting of the Right to Established Types                     
               of Enterprises to Manufacture Certain Alcohol                    
               Products                                                         
     The right  to manufacture  non-denatured ethyl  alcohol,  as               
well  as,   alcoholic  beverages,   whose  ethyl  alcohol  volume               
concentration exceeds 22 per cent, shall be granted only to state               
and special  purpose enterprises,  in the  manner established  by               
this Law  and other  legal acts.  This requirement  shall not  be               
applied in  the second  part of  this  Article  to  a  designated               
enterprise and  the alcoholic beverage assortment established for               
it and  also, the  Stock Company  "Sema," producing non-denatured               
ethyl  alcohol,   as  an   additional  product   of  basic  yeast               
manufacture. (Amended 3 July 1995)                                              
     Only the  Close Stock  Company "Lietuviškas  Midus" shall be               
given the  right to  manufacture the alcohol products that it had               
been manufacturing  up to  adoption of  this Law,  in the  manner               
established by this Law and other legal acts.                                   
     Other types  of enterprises  shall be  granted the  right to               
manufacture   other   alcohol   products,   including   alcoholic               
beverages, whose  ethyl alcohol  volume  concentration  does  not               
exceed 22  per cent,  in the  manner established  by this Law and               
other legal acts.                                                               
     The provisions  of the first, second and third parts of this               
Article shall  be in effect until December 31, 2000. The right to               
manufacture alcohol  products whose  volume concentration exceeds               
22 per  cent shall  be granted  only to  state  enterprises  from               
January 1,  2001. The  conditions and order of the state monopoly               
of alcohol  product manufacture  shall be established by the laws               
and  the  resolutions  of  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
                           Section 2.                                           
                                                                                
      State Regulation of Alcohol Product Import and Export                     
                                                                                
     Article 14. Certain Aspects of Alcoholic Beverage                          
               Import into Republic of Lithuania                                
     The amount  of alcoholic  beverages, allowed  to be  brought               
into the  Republic of  Lithuania by  citizens of  the  Lithuanian               
Republic   and    foreigners,    foreign    country    diplomatic               
representations  and   airline  and   ship  suppliers,  shall  be               
determined  by  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
following STACA presentation. The permissible amount of alcoholic               
beverages that can be brought into the Republic of Lithuania, may               
be determined  according to  alcoholic beverage groups.(Amended 3               
July 1995)                                                                      
     The procedure  for  import  of  alcohol  products  into  the               
Republic of  Lithuania and  its carriage  in transit  across  its               
territory, shall be established by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 15. Certain Aspects of State Regulation of                         
               Alcoholic Beverage Import                                        
     Only enterprises that have a permit issued by the Government               
of the  Republic of  Lithuania, or  upon  its  recommendation  by               
STACA, to manufacture alcohol products, in the manner established               
by this  Law and  other legal  acts, shall be permitted to import               
non-denatured ethyl  alcohol, without  the right of selling it to               
other enterprises.                                                              
                                                                                
     Article 16. Procedure for the Importation of Alcohol                       
               Product                                                          
     Enterprises shall  be permitted  to import  alcohol products               
when:                                                                           
     1) they  have a  license issued in the manner established by               
this Law  and decrees  of  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania;                                                                      
     2) manufacturing  enterprises have  a certificate  issued by               
the economic  entity of a foreign country, certifying the quality               
of the alcohol products;                                                        
     3)  they  have  established  special  marking  of  alcoholic               
beverage containers.                                                            
     Registration requirements  of documents, indicated in item 2               
of the  first part  of this  Article, shall be established by the               
State  Quality   Inspectorate  of   Lithuania  under   the  State               
Competition and  Consumer Rights'  Protection Agency.  (Amended 3               
July 1995)                                                                      
     The procedure for special marking of containers for imported               
alcoholic beverages  and its application, shall be established by               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
     Enterprises,  which  had  imported  alcohol  products,  must               
record this  into their  accounting documents,  in the manner and               
within time  limits established by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
     The procedure  for import of alcohol shall be established by               
the Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania in accordance with               
this Law.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 17. Procedure for Issuing Alcohol Product                          
               Import Licences                                                  
     The Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania or,  upon its               
recommendation, STACA,  shall issue  one-year licences  to import               
alcohol products.                                                               
     The number  of allowed  licences issued  each year to import               
alcoholic beverages,  shall be  established by  the Government of               
the Republic  of Lithuania  or, upon  its recommendation,  STACA,               
based  upon   general   alcohol   consumption   tendencies,   and               
statistical data  on dangerous consequences to health and economy               
                                                                                
occasioned by  alcohol consumption,  however, the number of valid               
import licences must not exceed ten per each year.                              
     Licences for  alcoholic  beverage  import  shall  be  issued               
according to  public bidding,  the conditions  and  procedure  of               
which shall  be established and announced through the mass media,               
the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
     Licenses to  import alcoholic beverages shall be issued only               
to those  enterprises which  present documents,  attesting to the               
existence of  contracts with such foreign economic entities, who,               
on the  merits of the reliability of their manufacturing quality,               
are included  in the bulletins printed by the alcoholic beverages               
(with the  exception of beer) manufacturer associations. (Amended               
3 July 1995)                                                                    
     The  types  of  alcohol  products,  as  well  as  groups  of               
alcoholic beverages  which are  allowed to  be imported  shall be               
specified in the licences.                                                      
     Enterprises which  have licences  to import alcohol products               
shall be prohibited from transferring to other economic entities,               
according to  contract, the  right to import alcohol products, by               
using in  the shipping  documents the names of enterprises having               
this right.                                                                     
     The Government  of the Republic of Lithuania shall establish               
the conditions  and procedure  for  issuing  licences  to  import               
alcohol products, their revocation and basis for refusal thereof,               
guided by this Law and the Law on Enterprises.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 18. State Control of Export of Alcohol Products                    
     The  procedure  for  exporting  alcohol  products  shall  be               
determined by  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on the               
basis of this Law.                                                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter III                                          
        REGULATION OF DOMESTIC TRADE IN ALCOHOL PRODUCTS                        
                                                                                
     Article 19. Licences for Domestic Trade in Alcohol                         
               Products                                                         
     Wholesale trade  in alcohol products shall be permitted only               
with the  licence issued  for the  period  of  one  year  by  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania or, on its instruction,               
by the  STACA. Licences  for wholesale  trade shall  be issued on               
competitive basis.                                                              
     Licences  issued  to  enterprises  in  accordance  with  the               
established procedure  for  the  manufacture  or  importation  of               
alcohol products shall also be valid, with the exception of cases               
specified in  Article 15  of this  Law, for  wholesale  trade  in               
alcohol products, but only of those types as well as belonging to               
those groups  of alcoholic  beverages which  are recorded  in the               
licences to manufacture or import alcohol products. The volume of               
wholesale trade  must correspond  to the  volume of production or               
imports of alcohol products.                                                    
     Retail trade  in alcoholic beverages shall be permitted only               
with the  licence issued  for the  period  of  one  year  by  the               
executive institution  of  the  appropriate  local  authority  in               
accordance with  the provisions of Articles 20, 21 and 22 of this               
Law provided that an agreement is given by the appropriate police               
commissariat. Licences  for seasonal  trade in beer and alcoholic               
beverages less  than 22 per cent of ethyl alcohol by volume shall               
be issued  for the  period of  the holiday season.(Amended 3 July               
1995)                                                                           
     The specific number of licences permitted to be issued every               
year for  retail trade  in alcoholic  beverages in commercial and               
public  catering   establishments  shall  be  determined  by  the               
executive institution  of the  local authority  on the  basis  of               
total consumption  trends  in  the  administrative  unit  of  the               
                                                                                
appropriate territory and statistical data concerning the harmful               
effects on health and economy resulting from alcohol consumption.               
     The local  authority shall determine the number of temporary               
retail and  public catering  establishment licences  to be issued               
for  the   sale  of   alcoholic  beverages  whose  ethyl  alcohol               
concentration volume does not exceed 12 per cent, at mass sports,               
cultural, religious, and festive events, meetings, demonstrations               
and exhibits, and shall issue them. (Amended 3 July 1995)                       
     Licences for retail trade in alcoholic beverages and sale of               
alcoholic beverages  in public  catering establishments  shall be               
issued on  the basis  of an  open competition  the conditions and               
procedure whereof  shall be  established and  announced by  local               
authorities by  means of  public information media. The procedure               
for issuing licences in municipalities shall be controlled by the               
STACA representatives.                                                          
     The types  and  groups  of  alcoholic  beverages,  the  sale               
whereof is  licensed, and  the time  and place of trading in them               
must be  recorded in  the licences  for retail trade in alcoholic               
beverages in trade and public catering establishments.                          
     The  terms  and  procedure  for  issuing  to  establishments               
licences for  domestic trade  in alcohol products or for revoking               
said licences, or the grounds for refusing to issue same shall be               
established by  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
pursuant to  this Law  and the  Law on Enterprises, as well as in               
accordance with the procedure of sale of alcohol products.                      
                                                                                
     Article 20. Requirements for the Sale of Alcohol                           
               Products                                                         
     It shall be prohibited to sell the following products in the               
Republic of Lithuania:                                                          
     1) alcohol  products  without  the  appropriate  certificate               
issued by  the manufacturing  enterprise attesting to the quality               
of every shipment of alcohol products;                                          
     2) alcohol  products of  the  types  as  well  as  alcoholic               
beverages according  to their  groups which are not listed in the               
licences to import or sell them;                                                
     3) imported alcoholic beverages (with the exception of beer)               
without the  prescribed special marking as well as those imported               
alcoholic beverages  (with the  exception of  beer)  the  marking               
whereof lacks  additional special marking of the enterprise which               
possesses the right to import and/or engage in wholesale trade in               
alcoholic beverages;(Amended 3 July 1995)                                       
     4)  alcoholic   beverages  which   contain   ethyl   alcohol               
manufactured not from food raw materials;                                       
     5) those  alcohol products,  either imported or manufactured               
in the  Republic of Lithuania, the quality and/or hygiene indices               
whereof do  not correspond  to the  requirements of the normative               
documents of the Republic of Lithuania;                                         
     6) alcoholic  beverages, both  imported and  manufactured in               
the  Republic   of  Lithuania,   the  marking  whereof  does  not               
correspond to  the requirements  of the  Codex  Alimentarius  and               
goods labelling  regulations, in  effect within  the Republic  of               
Lithuania; (Amended 3 July 1995)                                                
     7) false substitutes of alcoholic beverages;                               
     8) beer  which contains more than 9.5 per cent ethyl alcohol               
by volume;                                                                      
     9) wine  which contains  more than 22 per cent ethyl alcohol               
by volume;                                                                      
     10) products  of distilled  ethyl alcohol which contain more               
than 50 per cent ethyl alcohol by volume;                                       
     11) home-brewed  beer (with  the exception of beer brewed in               
accordance with normative documents, with a licence issued in the               
established order); or home made wine; (Amended 3 July 1995)                    
     12) non-denatured  or denatured  ethyl alcohol  as  well  as               
technical ethyl  alcohol if  sold to  the  population,  with  the               
exception of  non-denatured ethyl  alcohol sold to the population               
by pharmacies in accordance with the procedure established by the               
Ministry of Health Care;                                                        
     13) bottled  alcoholic beverages,  with the exception of the               
sale of such in permanent public catering establishments (without               
the right  to carry  out) and  beer on  tap, sold in beer brewery               
firm stores; (Amended 3 July 1995)                                              
     14)    alcoholic    beverages    in    movable    commercial               
establishments, with  the exception  of factory-bottled beer sold               
from kiosks;                                                                    
     15) alcoholic  beverages to  individuals who  are  under  18               
years of age;                                                                   
     16) alcoholic beverages to intoxicated persons; and                        
     17) alcoholic  beverages  to  officers  who  are  wearing  a               
uniform.                                                                        
     The procedure  for  supplementing  the  special  marking  of               
imported alcoholic  beverages (with the exception of beer) with a               
special  mark   of  an  establishment  possessing  the  right  of               
alcoholic beverages  retailer shall  be established by the STACA.               
(Amended 3 July 1995)                                                           
     Persons who sell alcoholic beverages shall have the right to               
request, when  necessary,  that  the  individual  who  is  buying               
alcoholic beverages present a document attesting his age.                       
     Wholesale commercial  establishments which have the right to               
sell alcoholic beverages shall be permitted to sell said products               
only to  those retailers  or public catering establishments which               
have licences to engage in this type of trade.                                  
     Enterprises which  have a  licence  to  manufacture  alcohol               
products shall  be permitted  to sell  said products to wholesale               
and  retail   commercial  establishments   or   public   catering               
establishments which have licences to engage in the activities.                 
     Legal and  natural persons  who  manufacture  or  sell  poor               
quality alcohol  products or  false substitutes, having forged or               
presented falsified  certificates attesting to the correspondence               
of the alcoholic beverages to the quality requirements of alcohol               
products or  the prescribed  special marking  and marks  shall be               
held liable under this Law and other laws.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 21. Procedure of Sale of Alcoholic Beverages in                    
               Retail Trade and Public  Catering                                
               Establishments (Amended 3 July 1995)                             
     In the  Republic of  Lithuania sale  of alcoholic  beverages               
shall be prohibited in:                                                         
     1) health  care, health  promotion and sports establishments               
and within  their respective  territories, close to the houses of               
worship  (at  a  distance  determined  by  local  authorities  in               
conjunction with the religious communities;                                     
     2)  in  shopping  places  selling  goods  for  children  and               
teenagers;                                                                      
     3) at  mass sports,  cultural,  religious,  festive  events,               
rallies or  manifestations (except  alcoholic beverages less than               
12 per cent of ethyl alcohol by volume);                                        
     4) from vending machines;                                                  
     5) at  the roadsides  of international  and national  roads,               
except in  permanent public catering establishments set up within               
the distance  prescribed by standard documents of the Republic of               
Lithuania;                                                                      
     6) within  commercial  and  public  catering  establishments               
located at  filling stations  and close  to them  (at a  distance               
prescribed by local authorities);(Amended 3 July 1995)                          
     7) to persons who are under 18 years of age; and                           
     8) in  other cases  determined  by  the  Government  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
     Sale of  alcoholic beverages  shall  be  permitted  only  in               
permanent commercial  establishments designated  exclusively  for               
this type of trade, or in their specialised sections assigned for               
such trade and public catering establishments, with the exception               
of sale  of factory-bottled  beer from  kiosks. (Amended  3  July               
1995)                                                                           
     Sale  of   alcoholic  beverages  in  commercial  and  public               
catering establishments  which have been set up, or are being set               
up, in  multi-family  apartment  houses  shall  be  permitted  in               
accordance with  the procedure  established by  the  Law  on  the               
Associations of  Multi-Family Apartment  House  Owners,  and  the               
Resolution of  the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania "Regarding               
the Implementation  of the  Law of  the Republic  of Lithuania on               
Multi-Family Apartment House Owners." (Amended 3 July 1995)                     
     Sale  of   alcoholic  beverages  in  commercial  and  public               
catering establishments  shall be  permitted only from 11.00 a.m.               
to 6  a.m. of  the following day (beer sales are permitted from 8               
a.m.) A  stamp duty  at a  double rate shall be collected for the               
issuance of  a licence  to sell alcoholic beverages in commercial               
establishments  after   10.  00   p.m.  and  in  public  catering               
establishments after 12.00 p.m. (Amended 3 July 1995)                           
     The executive  institutions of  local authorities shall have               
the right  to restrict  the fixed  hours  of  sale  of  alcoholic               
beverages  according  to  the  established  groups  of  alcoholic               
beverages, taking  into account  the breaches of the procedure of               
trade in  alcoholic beverages committed by the establishments and               
the proposals of the relevant police commissariats.                             
     The regulations governing the sale of alcoholic beverages in               
commercial and  public catering  establishments, including  duty-               
free shops,  shall be  approved by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania on the basis of this Law. (Amended 3 July 1995)                    
     For breaches  of alcoholic  beverages sale regulations heads               
of appropriate  police commissariats  shall  have  the  right  to               
suspend for  up to  24 hours  the sale  of alcoholic beverages in               
commercial and  public catering  establishments. (Amended  3 July               
1995)                                                                           
     The executive  institutions of  local authorities shall have               
the right to restrict or prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages               
on the days of national and religious holidays and mass events.                 
                                                                                
     Article 22. (Repealed 3 July 1995)                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter IV                                           
              REDUCTION AND CONTROL OF CONSUMPTION                              
                     OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES                                     
                                                                                
                           Section 1.                                           
         Organisational Measures for Reducing the Total                         
                       Alcohol Consumption                                      
                                                                                
     Article 23. Planning of Reduction of the Total Alcohol                     
               Consumption                                                      
     In the  programme of  its activities  the Government  of the               
Republic of Lithuania must establish for the period of its office               
the figures for the reduction of the total alcohol consumption.                 
                                                                                
     Article 24. Statistics of Alcohol Product Manufacture,                     
               Sale, Import, Export, Consumption, and the                       
               Damage Inflicted by Alcohol Products                             
               on Health and Economy                                            
     In the  Republic of  Lithuania accounting of alcohol product               
manufacture, domestic  and foreign  sales  thereof,  and  related               
statistical information  shall be  kept in  accordance  with  the               
established procedure.                                                          
     All enterprises  which manufacture and sell alcohol products               
in the  Republic of Lithuania must maintain the accounting of the               
manufacture  and  domestic  sale  thereof  and  provide,  in  the               
established  manner,   statistical  information  thereon  to  the               
                                                                                
Statistics Department  under the  Government of  the Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     Accounting of  foreign trade  in  alcohol  products  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania shall  be kept in accordance with the data               
of cargo  declarations produced  to the customs. Statistical data               
concerning foreign  trade of  the Republic  of Lithuania shall be               
provided to the Statistics Department under the Government of the               
Republic  of   Lithuania,  in  accordance  with  the  established               
procedure, by  the  Customs  Department  under  the  Ministry  of               
Finance.                                                                        
     The procedure  for providing  and announcing  accounting and               
statistical  information   used  in  the  statistics  of  alcohol               
products  manufacture,   domestic  and  foreign  trade  shall  be               
approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                        
     Government and departmental statistical surveys by sample of               
alcohol consumption  and the economic damage inflicted by alcohol               
consumption on  health and  economy shall  be  conducted  in  the               
Republic of Lithuania at least once a year.                                     
     Legal framework  of organising  government and  departmental               
statistical surveys  by sample  of alcohol  consumption  and  the               
economic damage  inflicted thereby on health and economy shall be               
established by the Law on Statistics.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 25. Restriction of Consumption of Alcoholic                        
               Beverages                                                        
     In  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  consumption  of  alcoholic               
beverages shall be prohibited:                                                  
     1) in  all educational,  health  care,  military  and  para-               
military, and police establishments and within their territories;               
     2) in  state power  and government  institutions, except  at               
official receptions; and                                                        
     3) in  all public transport, except long-distance trains and               
ships which  have special  places for  public catering as well as               
planes,  flying   beyond  the   boundaries  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     Executive institutions  of local  authorities shall have the               
right  to   determine  public  places  in  which  consumption  of               
alcoholic  beverages   or  their   appropriate  groups  shall  be               
prohibited.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 26. Informing the Public about Alcohol and the                     
               Critical Damage it Inflicts on Health and                        
               Economy                                                          
     The  Ministry   of  Education   and  Science   must  prepare               
programmes for  the promotion of health at all schools of general               
education and other educational establishments and include health               
promotion issues in the newly published textbooks.                              
     All educational  establishments must, upon coordination with               
the  Ministry   of  Health   Care,  include  material  concerning               
alcoholic beverages  and the  damage they  cause  to  health  and               
economy as  well as  information about the formation of a healthy               
way of life and a health-friendly environment which would prevent               
damage to health caused by alcohol consumption.                                 
     The Lithuanian  radio and  television must  at least twice a               
week devote no less than 5 minutes of the total transmission time               
to the broadcasting of programmes on the health promotion matters               
at the time most convenient to TV viewers and radio listeners.                  
                                                                                
     Article 27. Alcohol Control Programmes                                     
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall prepare,               
approve and  implement the  State Alcohol  Control Programme. The               
State Alcohol  Control Programme shall be financed from the State               
Health Fund.  The procedure  for setting up the State Health Fund               
and forming  the sources of its resources shall be established by               
law and  the  decrees  of  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     In procedure  to  implement  the  objectives  of  the  State               
Alcohol Control  Programme local  authorities shall  prepare  and               
implement municipal alcohol control programmes. Municipal alcohol               
control programmes  shall be financed with the resources from the               
municipal health  funds. The procedure for establishing municipal               
health  funds   and  forming   the  resources  thereof  shall  be               
determined by laws and other legal acts.                                        
     Other legal  and natural  persons  may  also  prepare  other               
alcohol control  programmes, submit proposals on the drafting and               
implementation thereof  to the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania, the  National Health Board (hereinafter referred to as               
NHB), STACA, and other institutions which shape and implement the               
State alcohol control policy.                                                   
     Alcohol control  programmes  shall  be  prepared,  financed,               
implemented and  controlled in accordance with the regulations of               
preparation, approval,  financing, implementation  and control of               
health programmes  as approved  by the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 28. Support for the Programmes of Activities of                    
               Temperance Organisations                                         
     The programmes  of activities  of  temperance  organisations               
shall be supported in the established manner:                                   
     1) from  the State  Health Fund  and municipal health funds,               
established by the Law on Health System and by charity donors and               
sponsors;                                                                       
     2)  by   enterprises,  institutions   and  organisations  in               
accordance with  the procedure  established by the Law on Charity               
and Sponsorship; and                                                            
     3) with other legally obtained resources.                                  
     The procedure  in accordance  with which  the programmes  of               
activities of  temperance organisations  are supported  from  the               
health funds  set up  by  the  Law  on  Health  System  shall  be               
established by the regulations of the above funds.                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Section 2.                                           
          Restriction of Alcoholic Beverages Promotion                          
                                                                                
     Article 29. Restriction of Alcoholic Beverages Sales                       
               Promotion                                                        
     Enterprises which have the right to sell alcoholic beverages               
shall be  prohibited from  applying the  following means of sales               
promotion:                                                                      
     1) to  release a certain portion of goods without payment or               
as a bonus;                                                                     
     2) to  apply discounts of the fixed amount to the holders of               
coupons published in the mass media;                                            
     3) to  organise  a  free  distribution  of  samples  of  new               
alcoholic beverages;                                                            
     4) to  supply their products as prizes or as added incentive               
to a  prize in  lotteries, competitions  or games, except beer or               
sparkling wine; and                                                             
     5) to  organise competitions  of retailers for the promotion               
of alcoholic beverages.                                                         
     The  Government  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  may  also               
prescribe  other   restrictions  of   alcoholic  beverages  sales               
promotion  to   the  enterprises  which  have  licences  to  sell               
alcoholic beverages  issued in  accordance with  the  established               
procedure.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 30. Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverages                             
               Advertising                                                      
     In  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  advertising  of  alcoholic               
beverages shall be prohibited:                                                  
                                                                                
     1) in  the  radio  and  television  programmes  produced  at               
Lithuania's radio  and TV  stations, as well as in the Lithuanian               
press;                                                                          
     2) by  using specialised promotional publications devoted to               
the advertising  of alcohol  which have been published in foreign               
countries and imported into the Republic of Lithuania;                          
     3) by mail (using postcards, envelopes, stamps); and                       
     4) in  other ways or by other means of broadcasting audio or               
visual information,  including indirect  advertising of alcoholic               
beverages.                                                                      
     Compliance with the prohibition of alcohol advertising shall               
be controlled  by the STACA, the Mass Media Board at the Ministry               
of Justice, local authorities. (Amended 21 December 1995)                       
     The criteria for recognising the contents and arrangement of               
audio or  visual information  or the ways of transmission thereof               
as advertisement  for alcohol  and the  procedure of  control  of               
compliance with  the alcohol  advertisement prohibition  shall be               
established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                     
                                                                                
     Article 31. Restriction of Popularising Alcoholic                          
               Beverages Manufacturing Enterprises and                          
               Commercial Establishments                                        
                                                                                
     Alcoholic beverages manufacturing enterprises and commercial               
establishments of the Republic of Lithuania and foreign countries               
may sponsor  sporting, cultural  and other  events which  are not               
connected  with   alcoholic  beverages   or  their   consumption.               
Sponsorship shall  grant  no  right  in  the  sphere  of  alcohol               
advertisement.                                                                  
                                                                                
                           Section 3.                                           
     Economic Measures of Reducing the Total Consumption of                     
                             Alcohol                                            
                                                                                
     Article 32. Establishment of Differential Customs                          
               Duties and Differential Rates of Excise                          
               Duties                                                           
     The procedure  for imposing customs duties and excise duties               
upon alcoholic beverages shall be established by laws and decrees               
of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                                 
     Customs  tariffs  and  rates  of  excise  duties  levied  on               
alcoholic  beverages   sold  and  imported  in  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania  shall   be  differentiated   in  accordance  with  the               
established groups of alcoholic beverages.                                      
     The Government  of the  Republic of  Lithuania must regulate               
customs tariffs and rates of excise duties in such a manner as to               
ensure that  alcoholic beverages  price growth exceeds the growth               
of income of the population.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 33. Differentiation of Stamp-duty Rates on                         
               Licences to Manufacture, Import and Engage in                    
               Trade of Alcohol Products                                        
     The rates of stamp-duty for the licence to manufacture, sell               
and import  alcohol products shall be differentiated according to               
the set  types of  alcoholic beverages,  their groups,  time  for               
sales of  alcoholic beverages and other conditions established by               
this Law.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 34. Establishment of the Minimal Living                            
               Standards                                                        
     It shall  be prohibited  to include alcoholic beverages into               
the consumer  basket for  the  purpose  of  establishing  minimal               
living standard.                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Section 4.                                           
              Restrictions on the Abuse of Alcohol                              
                                                                                
     Article 35. Driving Control                                                
     Persons who  drive vehicles in the Republic of Lithuania may               
be checked for sobriety, drunkenness and concentration of alcohol               
in the  blood. The  employers must  ensure that the employees who               
drive vehicles of enterprises, offices and organisations would be               
checked for  sobriety before  starting to  work. (Amended  3 July               
1995)                                                                           
     The sobriety  and drunkenness  checks of individuals driving               
motor vehicles  on the road, shall be conducted by the police. If               
there exists  a suspicion  that the  driver  is  intoxicated  (or               
drunken), the  police shall  employ  measures,  provided  for  in               
normative  acts,   to  establish   the  degree  of  intoxication.               
Individuals who do not agree with the results of the examination,               
shall be  brought to  health care  facilities designated  by  the               
Ministry of Health Care, to determine the degree of intoxication.               
The conclusion arrived at by health care facilities regarding the               
sobriety or  intoxication shall  be viewed  as final.  The Health               
care facilities  authorised by  the Ministry  of Health  Care for               
conducting sobriety  and drunkenness  examinations, shall conduct               
medical examinations  on  individuals  brought  there,  or  those               
seeking such examinations.                                                      
     The procedure  for the  sobriety  check  on  the  road,  the               
maximum permissible  concentration of  ethyl alcohol in the blood               
and for  breathalyser checks  of persons  when  driving  surface,               
water and  air transportation means in the Republic of Lithuania,               
shall be  established  by  the  Government  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
     Driving of  vehicles while  in a  state of intoxication, the               
permission to  drive a  vehicle  by  an  intoxicated  person,  or               
turning a  transport vehicle  over to be driven by an intoxicated               
person, shall  incur liability  under the  Code of Administrative               
Violations of Law. (Amended 3 July 1995)                                        
                                                                                
     Article 36. Organising of Narcological Care                                
     Narcological care  in the  Republic of  Lithuania  shall  be               
performed by accredited government and non-government health care               
facilities, and medical personnel engaged in private narcological               
care practice in the manner established by the Ministry of Health               
Care, within the scope of their competence.                                     
     Narcological care  in the Republic of Lithuania shall be co-               
ordinated by  the Lithuanian  Narcological Centre  which shall be               
established and  the regulations thereof shall be approved by the               
Ministry of  Health  Care  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania.  The               
procedure for  narcological care  shall be  established by  laws,               
Government decrees  and legal  acts issued  by  the  Ministry  of               
Health Care of the Republic of Lithuania. (Amended 3 July 1995)                 
     In the  Republic of  Lithuania  persons  who  have  poisoned               
themselves with  alcohol  may  be  detoxified  at  detoxification               
centres of  municipalities and  other health  care facilities  in               
accordance with the procedure established by laws and other legal               
acts.  The   police  may   compulsorily  send  these  persons  to               
detoxification centres and other health care facilities only if:                
     1) they  may  cause  substantial  harm  to  their  or  other               
persons' health or threaten their or other lives;                               
     2) they are not answerable for their actions.                              
     The procedure  and conditions  for detoxification of persons               
who poisoned themselves with alcohol as well as the activities of               
detoxification centres shall be established by the laws and other               
legal acts.                                                                     
     In cases  and  procedure  established  by  laws,  the  legal               
capacity of  persons suffering  from alcohol  dependence syndrome               
may be  restricted and  social and  psychological  rehabilitation               
measures may be applied to them.                                                
                                                                                
                            Chapter V                                           
          THE COMPETENCE OF THE MANAGERIAL INSTITUTIONS                         
                  OF THE STATE ALCOHOL CONTROL                                  
                                                                                
     Article 37. State Alcohol Control Policy Formation                         
               System                                                           
     State  alcohol  control  policy  shall  be  formed  and  co-               
ordinated, within the scope of their competence, by the Seimas of               
the Republic  of Lithuania,  the Government, National Health Care               
Board, municipal  councils, and other institutions established by               
laws. Their  powers with  regard  to  alcohol  control  shall  be               
established by this and other laws and legal acts.                              
                                                                                
     Article 38. The Powers Assigned to the National Health                     
               Care Board in the Sphere of Alcohol Control                      
     The general  powers and  rights of  the National Health Care               
Board, the  basis of its formation shall be determined by the Law               
on Health Care System of the Republic of Lithuania.                             
     In the  sphere of  alcohol control, the National Health Care               
Board shall:                                                                    
     1) contribute  to the  formation and  implementation of  the               
state alcohol control policy;                                                   
     2) contribute  to the  preparation and  approving  of  state               
alcohol  control  programme  and  to  the  co-ordination  of  its               
implementation;                                                                 
     3) supervise  how STACA  and other  government  institutions               
implement alcohol control policy;                                               
     4)  accumulate   and  generalise   information   about   the               
efficiency of alcohol control policy and furnish it to the Seimas               
and Government of the Republic of Lithuania;                                    
     5) make available to the public scientific, information, and               
analytical material,  and issue  publications on  alcohol control               
policy in Lithuania;                                                            
     6)  participate   in   the   activities   of   international               
organisation  that   are  engaged   in  the   investigation   and               
coordination of alcohol control policy;                                         
     7) each  year shall  make a  report in  the Seimas about the               
condition of alcohol control in Lithuania;                                      
     8) perform  other functions  attributed to it under this and               
other laws and regulations of NHB.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 39. The System of Executive Institutions of                        
               State Alcohol Control Policy                                     
     State alcohol control shall be executed, within the scope of               
their  competence,   by  ministries,   STACA,  other   government               
institutions,  state  agencies,  state  inspectorates,  executive               
institutions  of  local  authorities,  police,  and  health  care               
facilities. Their  competence in  the sphere  of alcohol  control               
shall be established by this and other laws and legal acts.                     
                                                                                
     Article 40. The State Tobacco and Alcohol Control                          
               Agency                                                           
     For the  purpose of  the implementation  of  this  Law,  the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall establish the State               
Tobacco and  Alcohol Control  Agency.  Its  competence  shall  be               
established by  the Law  on Health  Care System, this Law and the               
regulations of  STACA, which  shall be approved by the Government               
of the Republic of Lithuania.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 41. Supervision of the Activities of the State                     
               Tobacco and Alcohol Control Agency                               
     Every year the Government of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
form the  commission from  the representatives  of State  Control               
Department, the Ministry of Health Care, the Ministry of Internal               
Affairs, and  the Ministry  of Industry  and Trade,  which  shall               
                                                                                
inspect how  STACA complies  with the  requirements set  forth in               
this Law and how it implements the state alcohol control policy.                
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           Chapter VI                                           
                                                                                
              PROCEDURE FOR INSTITUTING PROCEEDINGS                             
         FOR THE VIOLATION OF THE LAW ON ALCOHOL CONTROL                        
                                                                                
     Article 42. Liability for the Violation of the Law on                      
               Alcohol Control                                                  
     Persons who  have violated  the requirements  of the  Law on               
Alcohol Control shall be liable under this and other laws.                      
                                                                                
     Article 43. Procedure for Instituting Administrative                       
               Proceedings for the Violations of the Law on                     
               Alcohol Control                                                  
     Officials of  state authorised  institutions shall institute               
administrative  proceedings  against  and  impose  administrative               
penalties on  individuals and  officers for  the violation of the               
Law on Alcohol Control.                                                         
     The  instituting   of  administrative   proceedings  against               
individuals  and   officers  shall  not  release  them  from  the               
obligation to  compensate for  the damage  caused to  health  and               
property.                                                                       
     False substitutes  of alcoholic  products  produced  in  the               
Republic of  Lithuania or  smuggled and  sold in it, which do not               
meet quality  requirements provided for in normative documents of               
the Republic  of Lithuania  shall be  seized by  STACA  or  other               
institutions that  control commercial  and business activities or               
health activities,  and which  are  authorised  to  do  that,  in               
accordance  with   the  procedure  established  by  the  Code  of               
Administrative Violations of Law.                                               
     The procedure  for the  sale or disposal of seized alcoholic               
products if  they do  not meet quality requirements prescribed by               
normative documents and the application of proceeds received from               
them, as  well as  the procedure for the establishment of special               
warehouses and  shops for  the sale  of seized alcoholic products               
shall be set by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                    
                                                                                
     Article 44. Application of Economic Sanctions for the                      
               Violation of the Law on Alcohol Control                          
     The State  Tobacco and Alcohol Control Agency (STACA) or the               
State Hygiene  Inspectorate  at  the  State  Public  Health  Care               
Agency, or  the Lithuanian  State  Quality  Inspectorate  at  the               
Lithuanian   Competition    and   Consumer   Rights'   Protection               
Standardisation  Agency,  or  the  Press  Control  Board  at  the               
Ministry of Justice, or the State Tax Inspectorate at the Finance               
Ministry, or  the police, according to its competence, shall have               
the right  to  impose  fines  on  enterprises,  institutions  and               
organisations for violations of this Law.                                       
     Enterprises, which  have manufactured  and released  alcohol               
products which  do not measure up to norms of quality and hygiene               
requirements,  and   are  manufacturing   and  importing  alcohol               
products, or are engaging in the sale of such, are not holding an               
appropriate licence  for such activity and are not complying with               
Items 1-12,  of the  first part  of Article 20, of this Law, with               
respect to  requirements of  sale of alcohol products as outlined               
in parts  four and  five of  this Article,  or have  violated the               
order of  the sale  of alcoholic  beverages, shall be required to               
pay a  penalty amounting  up to  10  per  cent  of  their  annual               
turnover.                                                                       
     For failure  to comply  with requirements  provided  for  in               
Items 13-17  of the  first part  of  Article  20,  of  this  Law,               
enterprises shall  pay a  fine of  two thousand litas, and in the               
                                                                                
case of repeated violations of these requirements, they shall pay               
a fine equivalent to 1 per cent of their annual general turnover.               
     Enterprises, offices and organisations, who support the sale               
of alcoholic beverages in ways, denoted by Article 29 of this Law               
and/or are  in violation  of requirements  of Article  30 of this               
Law, shall  pay a  fine equivalent to the amount of 5 per cent of               
the  size   of  their   annual  general   turnover  (offices  and               
organisations, who  are not  engaged in  commercial and  economic               
activity, shall pay a fine of ten thousand litas).                              
     The State  Quality Inspectorate at the State Competition and               
Consumer Rights'  Protection Agency  of Lithuania shall designate               
the fines  for manufacture and release for consumption of alcohol               
products, which  do not meet quality norm requirements, contained               
in Items  1, 4, 5 of the first part of Article 20, with regard to               
failure to  comply with  requirements in  the sale of the alcohol               
products designated therein.                                                    
     The fines  for production,  and release  for consumption  of               
alcohol products which do not comply with the requirements of the               
norms of hygiene, and for failure to comply with the requirements               
as provided  for in  Items 5  and 12 of part one of Article 20 of               
this Law,  concerning the  sale of  alcohol  products,  shall  be               
imposed by  the State  Hygiene Inspectorate  at the  State Public               
Health Care Service.                                                            
     The fines  for  failure  to  comply  with  the  requirements               
outlined in Items 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, and 16 of               
part one  of Article 20, and parts four and five of this Article,               
as well as, for violations in the sale of alcoholic beverages and               
violations of  the order  in sales  and in  the  public  catering               
establishments, are  imposed by  the  police.  Chiefs  of  police               
commissariats shall  have the  right to impose fines on behalf of               
the police.                                                                     
     In other  instances of  violations of  this Law  and also in               
cases of  fines incurred  for the manufacture, import, export and               
trade in  alcohol products,  as well  as the required permits for               
such activity, or sponsorship of sales of alcoholic beverages and               
(or)  advertising  of  such,  they  are  imposed  by  STACA  (for               
advertisement in  the press,  radio and  television the  fine  is               
imposed by the Mass Media Board at the Ministry of Justice).                    
     The fines  prescribed by this article shall be collected, in               
the order  established by  law, no  later than within one month's               
time from  the day  the violation  was committed. (Amended 3 July               
1995, 21 December 1995)                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 45. Collection of Fines                                            
     The resolution  passed by the institutions specified in part               
1 of  Article 44 of this Law, concerning the imposition of a fine               
for the  violation of  this Law,  and stating  the amount  of the               
fine, shall be delivered to the violator of legal acts.                         
     The fine must be paid into bank accounts of the institutions               
specified in  part 1  of Article  44 of  this Law  no later  than               
within one  month from  the date  the resolution to impose a fine               
upon violators has been delivered to them.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 46. Collection of Fines not Paid when Due and                      
               Calculation of Interest Thereon                                  
     Fines not  paid when  due and interest thereon in the amount               
of 0.2 percent of the fine for each overdue day until the fine is               
paid,  shall  be  collected  without  suit  by  the  institutions               
specified in part 1 of Article 44 of this Law.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 47. Postponement of the Execution of the                           
               Resolution to Apply an Economic Sanction                         
     If there  exist circumstances  by  reason  of  which  it  is               
impossible to  immediately execute  the resolution  to  apply  an               
economic sanction,  the officer  of the  institution specified in               
part 1 of Article 44, who has adopted such resolution may, at the               
request  of   the  economic  entities  in  regard  to  which  the               
resolution  has  been  passed,  postpone  the  execution  of  the               
resolution up to one month.                                                     
     The basis  for the  postponement of the resolutions to apply               
economic sanctions  shall be established by the Government of the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 48. Appeal against Resolutions to Apply                            
               Economic Sanctions                                               
     Economic entities  which do  not agree  with the  resolution               
concerning the  application of  economic sanctions, passed by the               
institutions specified  in part 1 of Article 44 of this Law, may,               
within one  month from  the  date  of  the  announcement  of  the               
resolution, appeal  to court  to repeal  or change  it and to get               
compensation for losses.                                                        
     The appeal  to court  shall not suspend the execution of the               
resolutions passed  by the  institutions specified  in part  1 of               
Article 44  of this  Law, concerning  the application of economic               
sanctions, unless the court provides otherwise.                                 
     The resolution, passed by the institutions specified in part               
1 of  Article 44 of this Law, to apply economic sanctions for the               
violation of  legal acts,  and its  justification  must  be  made               
available to the public.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 49. Procedure for the Compensation for Losses                      
     Losses incurred  by  economic  entities  by  reason  of  the               
resolutions passed  by the  institutions specified  in part  1 of               
Article 44 of this Law, shall be compensated for out of the means               
of the  institutions that passed such resolutions, which later on               
shall be recovered from the persons guilty of the violations.                   
                                                                                
     Article 50. Allocation of the Collected Sums of                            
               Economic Sanctions                                               
     The funds  that are  collected and  transferred to  the bank               
account of  the institution  specified in part 1 of Article 44 of               
this Law  following the  resolution to  apply economic  sanctions               
passed by  the officers  of this institution, shall be applied in               
the following order:                                                            
     1) 50  percent shall  be transferred  by payment  order to a               
special account  of the State Health Care Fund established by the               
Ministry of Health Care under the Law on Health System;                         
     2) 25  percent shall  be transferred by payment order to the               
health funds  of the municipalities in the territory of which the               
economic entities  in regard  to  which  economic  sanctions  are               
applied, are  located, and  5 percent of which shall be allocated               
to education  funds of  municipalities for  the purpose of health               
promotion at schools;                                                           
     3) the  fractions set  by the  Government of the Republic of               
Lithuania shall be allocated for the purpose of giving incentives               
to the  officers of  the institution  referred to  in part  1  of               
Article 44  of this  Law and  persons who  helped to disclose the               
violations of  the Law  on Alcohol  Control, for which a fine was               
imposed (  up to  5 percent but not in excess of 10 000 litas for               
each disclosed violation).                                                      
     The  anonymity   of  the   person  who  helped  to  disclose               
violations of  the Law  on Alcohol Control shall be guaranteed by               
this Law.                                                                       
     The sums  of economic  sanctions, which are collected by the               
institutions referred  to in  part 1  of Article  44 of  this Law               
without suit,  must be transferred to Health Funds established by               
the Law  on Health System no later than within 10 days after said               
sums are received in the bank account of the institution referred               
to in part 1 of Article 44 of this Law.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 51. Disputes concerning Violations of the Law                      
               on Alcohol Control                                               
     Disputes between  legal and  natural persons, concerning the               
violations of  this Law  and the  liability  for  them  shall  be               
settled in court.                                                               
     Disputes between the Republic of Lithuania and foreign legal               
and natural  persons, concerning the violations of this Law shall               
be settled  in accordance  with the  procedure established by the               
laws  of   the  Republic   of  Lithuania,   unless  international               
agreements of the Republic of Lithuania do not provide otherwise.               
                                                                                
                           Chapter VII                                          
                        FINAL PROVISIONS                                        
                                                                                
     Article 52. Coming into Effect of the Law on Alcohol                       
               Control                                                          
     Parts 2  and 3  of Article  4, part  2 of Article 5, parts 2               
through 4  of Article  6, Articles  7, 8,  part 1  of Article  9,               
Article 10,  part 1  of Article  11, Article 12, parts 1 and 4 of               
Article 13, Article 14, parts 2 through 5 of Article 16, parts 2,               
3 and  7 of  Article 17, Article 18, part 8 of Article 19, part 2               
of Article  20, part  6 of  article 21,  Article 24,  part  3  of               
Article 30,  part 2  of Article 32, Article 33, part 3 of Article               
35, parts  2 and 4 of Article 36, part 4 of Article 43, part 2 of               
Article 47,  and item  3 of  part 1 of Article 50 shall come into               
effect in accordance with the procedure established by the Seimas               
Resolution "Concerning the Enforcement of Articles Referred to in               
Article 52  of the  Law on  Alcohol Control  of the  Republic  of               
Lithuania". (Amended 3 July 1995)                                               
                                                                                
     I promulgate  this Law  passed by the Seimas of the Republic               
of Lithuania.                                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
Algirdas Brazauskas                                                             
President of the Republic                                                       
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
18 April 1995                                                                   
No. I-857