Bridging the Gap
The Eurocare project, Alcohol Policy Network in the Context of a Larger Europe: Bridging the Gap (BtG) was funded by the European Commission for the years 2004-2006.
The main aim of the project was to create a vibrant alcohol policy network to further the development of an integrated Community strategy to reduce alcohol related-harm in the context of a larger Europe as embodied in the Council's conclusions of 5 June 2001, and to support and encourage European countries to implement the Council Recommendation on the drinking of alcohol by young people.
The deliverables of the BtG project included:
- The creation of a European Alcohol Policy Network (APN)
- A Report of alcohol policy , identifying barriers and facilitators in all Member States, also new Member States and applicant countries
- A Report of Country Profiles
- Two advocacy training schools and an alcohol advocacy policy manual to meet the needs of policy makers and programme implementers
- A youth alcohol policy questionnaire that was distributed to the member organisations of the European Youth Forum in order to obtain the views of youth organisations across Europe pn what they believed were the important alcohol policy measures to protect young people from the pressures to drink and to prevent and reduce the harm done to them directly and indirectly by alcohol. See the Report of the Youth Working Group on Alcohol Policy
- A series of theatre sketches contrasting stakeholders' views on alcohol policy
From 16 to 19 June 2004, the first international conference devoted to the common EU policy on alcohol and alcohol-related problems was held in Warsaw. The conference was organized by the State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems and Eurocare, and co-financed by the European Commission..
The goal of the Warsaw conference was to create a network of links and possibilities of cooperation between the worlds of politics, science and practice within the region. The meeting became a forum for sharing experience relating to action plans in the public health and social welfare sector in the context of alcohol-related problem solving.
The conference was held under the honorary auspices of Ms Barbara Labuda, MP Minister and Secretary of State of the Chancellery of the President of Poland and Ms Danuta Hübner, EU Commissioner.
The conference was attended by representatives of the European Commission, World Health Organisation and non-government organisations and governmental departments from 25 European countries (see list of participants).
The network was launched at a conference in Poland in 2004.
By the end of the project the network included 30 country partners as well as the World Health Organization (European Office), the European Youth Forum, and the European Public Health Alliance.