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[EPHA Position] How to include Public Health into the EU Trade Policy Strategy?

The objective of the European Public Health Community is to protect and promote public health by ensuring policy and regulatory space for governments and the EU by incorporating flexibility: Improved well-being of people should be the primary objective of EU policies, and EU trade policy is regarded as a tool to achieve a number of public interest objectives, including, protection of public health, the environment and consumer interests. - EPHA Position How to include Public Health into (...)

MEPs ask Juncker and Timmermans to act on alcohol

Four MEPs send a letter to European Commission President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans urging them to make progress on a comprehensive EU alcohol policy and questioning the continuation of the Alcohol and Health Forum without public health groups. On Friday 27 July four MEPS - Glennis Willmott, Matthias Groote, Jytte Guteland and Anna Hedh - sent a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker and Frans Timmermans, with Vytenis Andriukaitis in cc, reiterating the need for a comprehensive EU (...)
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Council of the EU supports NGOs in calling for alcohol policy

On 2 June, nearly all NGOs resigned from the European Alcohol and Health Forum as patience with the lack of effective action ran out. The resignation letter to the European Commission outlined different concerns, including the unwillingness to introduce a new alcohol policy and the forum’s lack of impact on public health. In the words of Nina Renshaw, EPHA Secretary General, the forum amounted to no more than a "free PR front" for the industry. Now the Council of the EU also demands (...)

[Press Release] NGOs Resign from Alcohol and Health Forum as Commission Ignores Member State and European Parliament Calls for Alcohol Strategy

2nd June - Public Health NGOs have today resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, following the announcement by Commissioner Andriukaitis that he has no plans to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy . The Commissioner’s decision goes against demands from Member States and the European Parliament for a new comprehensive Strategy to tackle alcohol harm in Europe. Membership of the Forum, which is chaired by DG Sante, includes drinks industry representatives and public health NGOs. (...)

[Press statement] OECD joins European Parliament and Ministers in calling for new alcohol policies

12 May, Brussels - Today, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published its new report ‘Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy’, which analyses major trends in alcohol consumption in OECD countries. Following the statement on alcohol policy from EU Health Ministers and the European Parliament’s resolution calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy on 21 and 29 April, pressure is mounting on the European Commission to (...)

[Joint press statement] European Parliament Resolution calls for new EU Alcohol Strategy

29 April, Brussels - Today, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a Resolution calling on the European Commission to present a new EU Alcohol Strategy to tackle health harm for 2016-2022. The clear message from MEPs comes just a week after EU Health Ministers meeting in Riga called on the Commission (1) to take action on the health impacts of alcohol. Both MEPs and Ministers have criticized the Commission for failing to update the previous EU Alcohol Strategy which expired in 2012. (...)

[Event announcement] Launch of the MEP Friends of the Liver Interest Group - 27 May

MEP Cristian-Silviu Buşoi (EPP, RO) will launch the ’MEP Friends of the Liver Group’. The event is organised in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). 27 May 2015, 13.00 – 15.00 | Venue: The European Parliament (Brussels) | JÓZSEF ANTALL (JAN), Room 6Q1. REGISTER HERE (Deadline: Wednesday, 20 May 2015) AGENDA CONCEPT NOTE MEP Friends of the Liver Interest Group: Dr Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, the European Association (...)

[Joint press statement] European Parliament’s Public Health committee calls for better drinks labeling as part of a new Alcohol Strategy to reduce harm

1st April, Brussels - The European Parliament’s committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety supported yesterday a resolution calling for a new EU strategy to tackle health harm from alcohol to be put into action for 2016-2022. The Resolution also emphasizes the importance of better labeling of alcoholic drinks including ingredients and nutritional information. A coalition of public health organisations (1) working on alcohol policy welcomes the committee’s position (...)

EU Governments Call for a New EU Alcohol Strategy

National government representatives have given the green light to a new EU Strategy on Alcohol: The Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA) of national experts has adopted a scoping paper on the EU approach to harmful use of alcohol and alcohol related harm. The document contains the main elements that CNAPA would like to see in a new EU Alcohol Strategy. National governments are largely responsible for their own alcohol policies, however these were previously complemented (...)
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[Open Letter to MEPs] EU Alcohol Strategy Resolution should put public health first

Motion for a Resolution on Alcohol Strategy- suggestions for compromise amendments pdf/Open_letter_MEPs_ENVI_Resolution_on_Alcohol_Strategy.pdf Open Letter to Honourable Members of the European Parliament- ENVI Committee, I am writing to you on behalf of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), the European Liver Patients Association (ELPA), United European Gastroenterology (...)