Friday, December 10, 2004
Alcohol Pipeline into the European Union
The title of this post, surprisingly enough, is literal. Authorities have unearthed a pipeline that apparently has been used to ship some sort of unspeakable alcoholic concoction from Belarus into neighbor and EU member Lithuania. Actually, it is the fourth Belarus-Lithuania alcohol smuggling pipeline to be uncovered, but the others were shorter than the 3 kilometer length of the newest find. Alcohol prices have risen in Lithuania since its recent accession to the EU, increasing the incentive for the smuggling.