The Czech government has approved plans to introduce mandatory alcohol stamps. The authorities approved the move yesterday, in an attempt to clamp down on the country's so-called grey economy.

The plan will now be heard by parliament and , if approved, should take effect from the beginning of next year.

The Finance Ministry believes that alcohol stamping should prevent tax evasion as all alcoholic beverages on the Czech market would have to be stamped.

The government expects to issue around 200m stamps each year if the plans are approved, worth between CZK0.2 (US$0.007) and CZK0.36 each. Both producers and importers would be required to buy them.