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