EU Alcohol Strategy
On 24 October 2006, the European Commission adopted the long awaited Communication setting out a strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm (EU Alcohol Strategy). The EU Alcohol strategy has been awaited since in June 2001 the Council invited the Commission to put forward proposals for a comprehensive Community strategy aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm to complement national policies.
As part of the implementation of the Alcohol Strategy the Commission has set up the following bodies:
- An EU Alcohol and Health Forum, a multistakeholder platform composed of NGOs and economic operators. Members of the Forum have made a series of commitments aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm.
- A Committee for national alcohol policy and action that brings together representatives from the national governments to share information, knowledge and good practice on reducing harmful alcohol consumption.
- A Committee on data collection, indicators and definitions whose aim is to develop key indicators for monitoring overall performance of the strategy.
The current EU Alcohol Strategy comes to an end in 2012. Eurocare believes that it is crucial that a continuation is maintained and that a new comprehensive strategy is developed in the EU to tackle the alcohol related harm.
In November 2011 Eurocare has together with 87 organisations called upon the European Commission and Member States to work on the new strategy. You can find more information on Call for Action on EU Alcohol Strategy.
On 5 September 2007, the members of the European Parliament adopted an amended report, prepared by Alessandro Foglietta, on the EU Strategy for Reducing Alcohol Related Harm.
The EU Alcohol and Health Forum is a platform where bodies active at European level can debate, compare approaches and act to tackle alcohol related harm. Visit the European Commission's webpage for more information about the EU Alcohol and Health Forum.
Members of the Forum have made a series of 'commitments', voluntary actions aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm. All commitments submitted so far can be found on the Commitments Database.
In September 2008, and updated in 2009, a Summary Report on Commitments made by members of the European Alcohol and Health Forum was published by DG Sanco.
Eurocare is a founding member of the European Alcohol and Health Forum, and has submitted the following commitments:
- Awareness raising of the link between drinking alcohol and risk of developing certain types of cancer (together with Association of European Cancer Leagues)
- Raising awareness of drinking alcohol while pregnant
- Supporting the creation of an Alcohol Policy Youth Network (APYN) (joint commitment with European Youth Forum)
- Awareness Raising of the Dangers of Drinking During Pregnancy (in particular, the organisation of an event in the European Parliament to mark International 'Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders' (FASD) Awareness Day)
- Creation of a new Eurocare website, intended to be a "one stop shop" on alcohol policy issues
The final plenary session (14th- 17th April)of the European Parliament (EP) took place in Strasbourg. The Parliament decided not to include the EU Alcohol Strategy resolution in its final discussions.
Eurocare believes that there is an urgent need to review how the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) operates, and therefore presents our position and suggestions for the way forward.
UEG, EASL, EPHA, Eurocare and the Royal College of Physicians warmly welcome the initiative by the European Commission and the current chair of the Science Group Sir Ian Gilmore to re-assess the functioning of the Group and attempt to “revive”, and potentially, expand its activities.
Promising signals from the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA).
Earlier this month members of the Committee on the Environment Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI Committee) in the European Parliament (EP) have started works towards a resolution calling on the European Commission to develop new EU Alcohol Strategy.
Earlier this week Eurocare has responded to the European Commission proposed structure for the EU Alcohol Action Plan.
The EU alcohol and health forum risks being ineffective by using a one-size-fits-all approach, writes Michel Craplet in the Parliament Magazine
We are fighting for documents. Alcohol policy documents that should become a basis for real life alcohol policies that will regulate the way alcohol is produced, sold and marketed. Also the way people should behave and act when it comes to drinking.
Eurocare presents its view and recommendation for a comprehensive alcohol policy in the European Union 2013-2020
On June 27, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, together with EuroHealthNet, the European Association of Cancer Leagues and the European Transport Safety Council, held an event highlighting the need to address alcohol related harm at the EU level.
Source: European Commission
The 10th Plenary meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) took place on 26 April 2012 in Brussels. The topic of the forum was responsible marketing.
Reports and presentations from the 9th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action, 17 November 2011, is now available.
The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on closing health gaps within the EU through concerted action to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours
The 9th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA), which took place in Brussels 17 November 2011, is calling for a comprehensive new EU strategy on alcohol related harm.
In his speech to the European Alcohol and Health Forum, Commissioner for DG Health and Consumers, Mr John Dalli highlighted that Alcohol Strategy is an important part of the European Commission’s work.
Eurocare met alcohol policy community at the European Expert Conference on alcohol in Poznan 11-12 October 2011.