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Spain – Government's Legislative proposal to prevent alcohol consumption among minors

On 25 September, the Spanish Ministry of Health published a Draft Act on Health Measures for the Protection of Health and the Prevention of alcohol consumption by Minors. Although limited to minors, the draft represents a significant breakthrough for alcohol policy in Spain, because it establishes a common legal framework for the whole Country, filling and bridging gaps and discrepancies among regional policies.

Since the proposal from the Government focuses on the protection of the health of minors, it will have a better chance of being passed in Parliament because there exists a general consensus that priority should be given to the protection of the most vulnerable groups, i.e. adolescents and children.


The EU Alcohol Strategy

A Communication on the EU Strategy on alcohol is expected to be presented to the College of Commissioners on 11 October in response to repeated requests by Health Ministers.


European Court of Justice: Swedish retail sales monopoly case (latest developments)

Klas Rosengren and others (hereafter called Rosengren) ordered Spanish wine advertised on a Danish website, some of it by mail-order and some directly from the producer.


European Commission releases a report on Self-Regulation in the EU Advertising sector

On 12 July, DG SANCO released the report of the Round Table on Advertising.

Chaired by the Director General of DG SANCO, Robert Madelin, the Round Table was set up in October 2005 in response to a request by advertisers for guidance and support at the current stage of their endeavours.


FRANCE - French target alcohol consumption by pregnant women

A French government decree on the mandatory introduction on all bottles of wines and spirits of a pictogram highlighting zero tolerance of alcohol consumption by women during pregnancy is poised for publication in the official State Gazette.


Finland - No alcohol advertising on TV before 9 p.m.

If the Finnish government gets its way, the screening of alcohol advertisements on TV will be prohibited before 9pm.


Scotland- a future ban for drink sponsors in sport?

Football and rugby teams face being banned from advertising alcohol on players' shirts and inside their stadiums following a review by the Scottish executive.


Scotland - Invisible ink to sink underage drink menace

In a bid to trace where underage drinkers buy their booze, police has given shopkeepers in West Lothian, Scotland, special pens to mark their bottles with invisible ink.


Italy - Study identifies Italian women as high-risk drinkers

The prevalence of foetal alcohol effects (FAE) in Italian primary schools is much higher than previously thought.


Switzerland - Lower BAC laws save lives

The number of traffic deaths in Switzerland is continuing to fall. Traffic deaths were down 17 percent from a year ago. 153 people were killed on Swiss roads the first six months of 2006, according to the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU). Serious injuries fell by 15 percent to 2060.