Greek vodka has been making the news again after a report that Greek bars had stopped making it, saying that it was no longer made.
Greek bars were given permission to stop producing it, but the bar owners said they were afraid that the ban would hurt their business.
The move came in the wake of a Greek parliamentary vote to ban imported vodka in September.
The ban was widely criticized and Greek officials said they would have to go back to the drawing board to decide how to proceed.
But the decision has been met with a lot of criticism, including by the head of a parliamentary committee.
“It’s very sad, it’s really sad,” said Leonidas Koumakopoulos.
“I don’t want to say we are wrong but it’s not the right time.
There is a lot to be done.”
The Greek parliament voted on Friday to ban the importation of imported vodka from Romania, Croatia and Slovakia, citing the country’s anti-alcohol laws.
The vote is the first time Greece has banned foreign-made alcohol since the nation was freed from a 20-year dictatorship in 1974.
The debate in Greece was prompted by a report from the National Institute of Health in Athens that said the Greek government was planning to limit the availability of imported booze in the country.
The news of the ban was met with skepticism, with some claiming it would cause an economic crisis.
“We will continue to buy our alcohol from Greek producers,” said Nikolaos Kollias, head of the Greek alcohol association, which represents Greek wine and beer producers.
Kollia said he hopes the ban will help the Greek economy recover from the impact of the global recession.