Prohibitions and sanctions

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) may prohibit a licence holder from continuing a business activity referred to in the Alcohol Act if the operations materially violate generally accepted practice and the issues that were the grounds for the suspension have not been addressed or the operations ceased within a reasonable deadline set despite Valvira’s request.

Valvira may order a licence holder to pay a penalty of at least EUR 300 and at most EUR 1,000 if 

  • production or wholesale activities violate the licence conditions or restrictions;
  • the terms of a licence to use alcoholic beverages have been violated in the use of spirits or tax-exempt alcoholic beverages;
  • the licence holder has failed to report changes in their activities; 
  • the licence holder has failed to keep their self-monitoring plan up to date; or  
  • the licence holder has failed to abide by their duty to notify or submit information despite a request to that effect.

The assessment concerning the amount of the penalty must account for the quality, harmfulness and recurrence of the action. A lower penalty may also be imposed. In certain cases, a penalty will not be imposed and the licence holder will be issued a warning if there is a reason for it.

Valvira may revoke a licence for production, wholesale or use for a fixed period or permanently if the operator, following the issuance of a warning or the imposition of a penalty, continues to violate or neglect their obligations. The decision on the length of a fixed period of revocation will account for the severity of the activity resulting in the revocation and the circumstances in which it occurred.

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