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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.


SocioDrogaAlcohol: 7th Autumn School for Training in Substance Abuse

Since 2000, Socidrogalcohol organizes each year a 3 day seminar “the Autumn School of Socidrogalcohol”. This year it will take place in Benidorm (Alicante) on 9 – 11 November.


EU Council of ministers reaches an accord on drinks containers

Brussels, 27 September 2006. The European Union Council of ministers has reached a political agreement to drop all restrictions on the size of drinks containers except for wine and spirits where the present fixed sizes will mostly remain, including the standard 70cc wine bottle.


Expert conference on Health in all policies

The Finnish Presidency's main health event, the Health in All Policies conference, took place on 20-21 September 2006 in Kupio, Finland, where over 200 experts, officials and ministers gathered to discuss how the EU Treaty provision to protect human health in all policies can be taken forward at national, local and EU levels.