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25/02/2015

Member States calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy

The Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA) is calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy in their recently published scoping paper

CNAPA is composed of national delegates appointed by the Member States, and in 2014 CNAPA developed a scoping paper to the European Commission. In the scoping paper, the Member States are calling on the European Commission to continue its work on alcohol and health by renew the EU Alcohol Strategy. In the scoping paper, the Member States are addressing the need to work on cross border issues at EU level in addition to support Member States in preventing and reducing alcohol related harm.

The paper presents the following principles for the work from the European Commission:

  • Comprehensive in addressing all types of harmful use of alcohol and alcohol related harm across all population groups
  • Coherent and systematic, focused on both behavioural and structural prevention of alcohol harmful use
  • A health in all policies approach, engaging the positive potential of all relevant policy sectors to help reduce harm from alcohol
  • Building on evidence based measures and policies
  • Fostering synergy across the global, European and national as well as regional and local levels, while respecting subsidiarity

Furthermore, the scoping paper emphasises the importance of actions at EU level in addressing cross border issues. The paper identifies the following as issues which needs to be addressed at EU level:

  • EU rules on the mechanisms to influence prices (including alcohol taxation);
  • EU definitions of alcoholic beverages that inhibit reduction of alcoholic content
  • Alcohol marketing and advertising, including cross-border advertising and on-line advertising, with particular regard to the exposure of youth
  • Labelling

Secretary General of Eurocare, Mariann Skar, warmly welcomes the scoping paper from the Member States and says: “We now expect the European Commission to be quick and follow up the Member State’s request for increased action on preventing and reducing alcohol related harm. As the scoping paper explains, there are several issues which need to addressed at EU level, such as advertisement and information to consumers, and it is important that the European Commission includes the recommendations from the Member States in their future work.”

About CNAPA

The European Commission established a committee in November 2007 to encourage cooperation and coordination between Member States and to contribute to further policy development between Member States and the European Union. The Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA) is an essential structure for, and plays a major role in implementing the EU Alcohol Strategy.

CNAPA is composed of national delegates appointed by the Member States and meets at least twice per year. Its main objectives are sharing good practices and aiming to achieve the broadest possible consensus and convergence of alcohol policies within the EU.

Read more about CNAPA

Read the full CNAPA Scoping Paper