Around 20 Flemish communes will send minors into cafés, to see if the owners serve alcohol to minors. Malines will start the experiment this summer, the Mediahuis papers reported on Wednesday. This idea comes from the Flemish Association for the fight against Alcohol and Drugs (Verenigung voor Alcohol- en Drugsbestrijding, VAD). “We want to see if young people aged 14 to 15 can buy beer, and if 16 to 17 year olds can buy spirits”, says Marijs Geinaert from VAD.
Horeca Vlaanderen has promised to support the campaign. “We don’t want to tighten the legislation on alcohol, but we do want it to be respected, explains Danny Van Assche, Director of Horeca Vlaanderen. “It’s important that our members are responsible when it comes to alcohol”.
The VAD has already performed tests in supermarkets, night stores and service stations.