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OECD launched its report “Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use”

Dienstag 12. Mai 2015 von htm

Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched its report “Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use”, a report assessing alcohol policy scenarios. The report has been developed over the last years and the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the report and its strong recommendations for governments to implement evidence based and cost-effective alcohol policies.

Mariann Skar, Secretary General of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, says: “Today OECD has presented a strong message to European Governments, the European Commission and the public health community. Even the most expensive interventions like health care and work place interventions are cost-effective and will give both an economic and health benefit when implemented. Most alcohol policies are not expensive to implement and leads to great health and economic benefits. Furthermore, the report shows the importance of addressing broad policy approaches such as price and marketing in addition to policies addressing only the ones who drink most”.

OECD launched its report yesterday at 11 am at OECD in Paris and at the Royal Statistical Society in London. The report and OECD press releases can be found here. 

The report comes in a time of great discussions on alcohol policies in the European Union. In April 2015, the European Health Ministers agreed on the need for common EU Alcohol Policies and addressed the need for more developments from the European Commission. Later the same month, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy. These calls both respond to the lack of new initiatives from the European Commission, after the previous EU Alcohol Strategy which technically expired in 2012. The OECD report gives important knowledge to the discussion and policy recommendations to the Member States and the European Commission in their upcoming initiatives addressing alcohol related harm.
(Source: Eurocare)

Comment: Swiss politicians will ignore it as usual.

 

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UK: Tories seek European legal challenge to Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill

Dienstag 22. Mai 2012 von htm

The Tories are urging legal action against minimum alcohol pricing, despite supporting the Scottish Government plan.
The party wants other EU states to challenge the policy to ensure a quick decision on whether it meets free trade rules.
The Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill will enforce a 50p per unit floor price on units of alcohol, pushing up the cost of cheaper, stronger drinks.
The bill is expected to clear the final parliamentary hurdle in a vote at Holyrood on Thursday.
Conservative health spokesman Jackson Carlaw said: „This is not an attempt to thwart the Bill but rather to ensure that every effort is made to determine whether the measure is legal.“
His party agreed to back the policy after securing a voluntary commitment by the Scottish Government to notify the European Commission (EC) of its plan.
The EC might not give a ruling unless there is a challenge from one of the 27 EU member states, said Mr Carlaw. …
(Source: Alcohol Reports, News, 05/21/12) news.stv.tv, 05/20/12

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Self-regulation is not an answer

Montag 30. April 2012 von htm

Policy makers must not rely on self-regulation, but rather follow up through more statutory measures to protect the consumers.

Last week, major producers from the alcohol industry together with the World Federation of Advertising presented The Responsible Marketing Pact which scales up self-regulation[1]..

As a response, Civil Society Organisations with diverse backgrounds are now reminding policy makers at European and Member State level about the need for better regulation and co-regulation, and urge the European Commission and Member States officials not to jump on easy solutions in a new EU Alcohol Strategy 2013-2020.

“It cannot be left to the producers of a harmful product to decide how, when and where it will be marketed. Policy makers must not rely on self-regulation, but rather follow up through more statutory measures to protect the consumers. The content of this pact is basically the old ineffective measures of self-regulation in a new package. What we are witnessing are two powerful industries formally coming together to fight regulation- this is alarming”, says Mariann Skar, Secretary General of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance. …
Source: Eurocare.org, 04/25/12)
also: press release Active, 04/25/12)

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EU: HIGH LEVEL MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL ALCHOL POLICY AND ACTION

Freitag 23. Dezember 2011 von htm

EUROPEAN COMMISSION, HEALTH & CONSUMERS DIRECTORATE-GENERAL, Directorate C – Public Health and Risk Assessment
Unit C4 – Health Determinants, Brussels 17 November 2011
Summary Report, 12/22/11

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EU-Drug Addiction Prevention Project

Dienstag 9. März 2010 von htm

For the first time a made in Europe youth drug prevention project was developed and tested thanks to funding from the European Commission. After six years the European Drug Addiction Prevention Project has ended and has left behind an effective program to prevent the use of drugs. In short, EU-Dap developed and tested a school-based alcohol, tobacco and drugs prevention program in seven European countries. The drug prevention program named Unplugged is still being used today by not only the EU-Dap study group but also many other countries beyond Europe.
The EU-Dap school materials named Unplugged are available free of charge. The materials involve a 12-lesson teacher manual, a student workbook and two card games for youth. Please visit www.eudap.net to download these free materials.

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European Commission scientific advisory committees

Montag 30. März 2009 von htm

Inaugural meeting of the European Commission scientific advisory committees on consumer, health and environmental risk. Election of Chairs and Vice-Chairs.
On 26 and 27 March 2009, the European Commission Scientific Committees held their inaugural plenary sessions. In their opening meeting, the 3 Committees elected three Chairs and six Vice Chairs.
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety
Chair: Dr Ian R. White
Vice Chairs: Professors Vera Rogiers and Tore Sanner
Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)
Chair: Professor James Wilfrid Bridges
Vice Chairs: Professor Philippe Hartemann and Dr Wim De Jong
Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER)
Chair: Professor Helmut Greim
Vice Chairs: Professor H. Autrup and Dr Jose V. Tarazona
(Source: Health and consumer e-news, 3/30/09)

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The affordability of alcoholic beverages in the EU

Montag 30. März 2009 von htm

Understanding the link between alcohol affordability, consumption and harms, by LILA RABINOVICH, PHILIPPBASTIAN, BRUTSCHER, HAN DE VRIES, JAN TIESSEN, JACK CLIFT, ANAIS REDING
Prepared for the European Commission DG SANCO (Source: Eurocare, 3/30/09)

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