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Eurocare Secretariat

Eurocare has a Secretariat in Brussels, which acts as the central contact point for member organisations as well as other bodies concerned with alcohol related issues, including national and international press.

Mariann Skar (Secretary General)

Tel: +32 (0) 2 736 05 72
GSM: +32 (0) 474 8300 41

Mariann Skar has been the General Secretary for Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance) since October 2007.

Mariann is qualified as cand.polit (sociology and social policy) from the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Her working experience, which dates back to 1979, is varied, spanning from being an independent public health consultant in Brussels and Thessaloniki, seconded national expert in the European Commission, Directorate-General Health & Consumer Protection, Unit for Strategy and Analyse (Brussels) and Unit for Health Determinants (Luxembourg).

Mariann was working at Tromsø University College for 13 years and during this time she had management responsibilities (Head of Nursing Education), was lecturing in general nursing and sociology/social policies and involved in various developmental, evaluation and research activities.


Paulo Nunes de Moura (Policy Officer)

Tel: +32 (0) 2 736 05 72


Paulo has a master’s degree in Social Justice from Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh), and he has also completed the accredited post-graduate module on Global Poverty and Inclusive Development from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to that, he graduated with an Arts Honours Degree from the Open University, where he studied English, French, Spanish and Creative Writing.

Paulo’s working experience spans academic, NGO and commercial settings, both in Belgium and abroad, and includes Euroclear Bank (Brussels) and the University of Edinburgh. Before joining Eurocare, Paulo had been working in different projects in Scotland, such as being the Rapporteur of the prestigious ‘Alcohol Occasional’ academic seminars, organised by SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol) and SARN (Scottish Alcohol Research Network), at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He was also the organiser of the SARN Think Tank Conference in 2015 (Edinburgh), and is organising the 7th European Alcohol Policy Conference, November 2016 (Slovenia).

Paul Lauwers (Financial manager)

Paul Lauwers is the financial manager for Eurocare since the end of 2010. He is an independent accountant working for several not for profit organisations based in Belgium. Thanks to the operating grants Eurocare he supports the office around 3 times per month to help to prepare budgets, accounts and the general financing routines.

Sandra Tricas-Sauras (Associated Researcher)

Sandra Tricas is a Mental Health lecturer and researcher from Spain. She graduated from the University of Navarra (BSc) and continued her studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (MSc and MSc by Research). She obtained her PhD in 2008, which explored the presence of Eating Disorders and Quality of Life of patients with IBS.

She has an interest on Public Health, Mental Health, Health Psychology, Research, Alcohol Related Diseases, and Addictions among others. She has been based in Brussels since 2012.