Brazil approves Bill

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Brazil's Senate approved the FIFA World Cup General Bill without any substantive changes during a plenary session on Wednesday, 9 May 2012.

The only amendments to the legislation clarified language noting that the consumption of alcohol is to be limited to the competitions at the Confederations Cup and World Cup stadiums. As a result, the draft bill has been forwarded to president Dilma Rousseff for final approval before signing into law. Senator Blairo Maggi (Mato Grosso), rapporteur of the Commission of the Environment, Consumer Defense, Monitoring and Control and former governor of Mato Grosso, recalled his participation in Brazils bid for the World Cup and the commitments made to FIFA in 2007. I was part of the delegation that, along with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, visited FIFA and ensured that Brazil would meet all requirements as host. at the time, as governors, we knew of the required commitments, particularly regarding the sale of alcohol. Today, we are having this discussion, but each state has already agreed to this, he said. Senator Francisco Dornelles (Rio de Janeiro), rapporteur of the Commission for Economic Matters, echoed similar sentiments, advocating for the compliance with the assurances made to FIFA regarding alcohol, President Lula signed a commitment to FIFA and any repeal on this issue would compromise the country's image to the world. He also noted that alcohol sales will only take place during the Confederations Cup and World Cup and will not be extended to other competitions. Senator Vital do Rìgo (Paraába), rapporteur of the Commission of Constitution, Justice and Citizenship, remarked on the approval process the draft bill underwent by Brazils National Congress. The bill we have passed today is the result of over six months of discussions at the House of Representatives, with contributions from civil society, the government and FIFA, he stated.

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