EU's alcohol tax plans could hike booze price for Brits on holiday in Spain

Spain currently has one of the lowest tax rates in Europe

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Alcohol prices for Brits on holiday in Spain could soon rise as the European Union considers increasing tax on booze.

The minimum excise duty rates for alcohol products have not been updated across the EU since 1992.

This means that current rules “have not kept pace with inflation, the evolution of the market, consumption patterns or growing public health concerns," the European Commission has said.

The Commission added: “The rules require the Commission to regularly evaluate and report to the Council on the implementation.”

Alcohol tax in Spain is currently one of the lowest in the EU
Alcohol tax in Spain is currently one of the lowest in the EU
Brits flock to Spain every year
Brits flock to Spain every year

And Spain, which currently boasts one of the lowest tax rates in Europe, could be one of those countries effected by any potential changes.

Spain currently taxes just €2.69 (£2.23) per 700ml bottle of spirits, compared to Italy €2.90 (£2.41), Germany €3.65 (£3.03) and France €5.05 (£4.19).

The southern European country is a popular tourist destination for many across the continent, including Brits who flood to the country for cheap summer holidays.

Even before EU intervention, there was calls for a rise in alcohol tax in Spain after complaints of too many people getting too drunk, too regularly.

The EU has launched a call for evidence on the subject as well as a “more targeted public consultation”.

The feedback will remain open until July 4.