The Union strongly opposes such regulatory initiatives. The introduction of the sugary drinks taxation (levied on the beverages with added sugar) has a big impact on forming the demand and supply of the entire product category, and also on the related sectors (sugar production, package production, wholesale and retail trade etc.), therefore there’s a need for the further discussion with the participation of expert and business communities.
There is no scientific justification of any positive socio-economical effect from introducing the sugary drinks taxation, levied on the beverages with added sugar. The industry believes, that the division of foods into "harmful" and "healthy" categories is discriminative and doesn’t fit with the system approach in terms of promoting the healthy lifestyle.
The international experience shows the low efficiency of this fiscal measure. Due to the insufficient proof of the positive effects the similar taxes have on the public health, the excise was lifted in Denmark and Norway.
At the same time, the industry is actively promoting the principles of rational nutrition and the practice of self-regulation. The leading companies signed "the Code of voluntary responsibilities" in 2019. According to the document, the companies will have decreased the amount of sugar by 10% in drinks by 2024, will reduce the format of the consumer packaging and will use additional tools for informing about the quality and properties beverages have.