The European Parliament has supported proposals to allow Finland to re-impose restrictions on personal beer imports from Russia, because of fears about booming cross-border sales.

Under European law, private travellers can normally import 200 litres of beer from non-EU countries into Finland.

But MEPs have accepted Finland's concerns about a potential deluge of personal cheap Russian beer imports, agreeing a limit of 16 litres per traveller should be imposed for 2006.

MEPs supported Finnish worries about the potential "fiscal, economic, social, health and public order problems."