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Šutková, Veronika


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Sme - Slovakia | 18/06/2008

No alcohol ban for children under 15

A law aimed at curbing alcohol consumption among youths yesterday failed to win approval in Slovakia's parliament. President Ivan Gasparovic exercised his power of veto against the law on the grounds that it was impractiable. Among other things the new legislation would have required parents to accompany children under the age of 15 to discos where alcohol is sold. The liberal daily Sme comments: "Parents can heave a sigh of relief. The whip against alcohol will remain in the cupboard. Many mayors criticised the law claiming it was impracticable. The problem of alcohol consumption among youths, they say, cannot be solved by legislation but is to be dealt with by parents. They should know where their kids spend their nights."

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