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Why does Europe need an alcohol strategy? European Parliament, Brussels, 27-06-2012

On 27 June 2012, The European Alcohol Policy Alliance, Eurocare, held an event on the future of EU Alcohol Strategy, organised in cooperation with Eurohealthnet, European Transport Safety Council, Association of European Cancer Leagues and kindly hosted by Honourable Member of the European Parliament Anna Hedh (S&D, Sweden)

Why does Europe need an alcohol strategy? Event summary report

The current EU Alcohol Strategy is coming to an end in 2012. However Europe is still the world’s heaviest drinking region. Alcohol is the world’s number one risk factor for ill-health and premature death among the 25 – 59 year old age group, a core of the working age population.

Alcohol is an economic commodity that crosses borders and several elements related to alcohol policy must be solved at the European level.

This event built on the Call for Action from 88 health and social NGOs from across Europe and addressed the issue in the European Parliament to ensure continuation of the efforts to tackle alcohol related harm.

Eurocare recommendations for an EU Alcohol Strategy 2013-2020 were presented at the event.

Programme and presentations

9:00 Opening speeches: MEP Anna Hedh, S&D, Sweden
Eurocare President Tiziana Codenotti, Italy

9:15 Harm to others Health and Inequalities (Presentation)
• Clive Needle, EuroHealthNet, Director
• Dr. Carmen Kreft-Jais, Advisor to the Director of Scientific Affairs, INPES
Q&A

10:00 Harm to society Road Safety (Presentation)
• Ellen Townsend, European Transport Safety Council, Policy Director
• MEP Isabelle Durant, Greens/European Free Alliance, Belgium
Q&A

10:45 Harm to you Alcohol and Cancer (Presentation)
• Emma Woodford, Association of European Cancer Leagues, Project Coordinator
• MEP Nessa Childers, S&D, Ireland
Q&A

11:15 Panel discussion: What are the solutions at EU level?
• Michael Huebel, European Commission DG SANCO, Health determinants, Head of Unit
• Liam McCormack, Department of Health, Ireland
• Mariann Skar, Eurocare, Secretary General (Chair) (Presentation)
Q&A
12:00 Conclusions