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[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. (...)
03/06/2015

[EPHA Open letter] EPHA contribution to the draft Austrian tobacco legislation


I am writing to you in response to the draft tobacco legislation that is currently in progress. On behalf of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Austria for its willingness to take this bold step forward in the fight against tobacco related harm. To Mme Sabine Oberhauser, Austrian Minister for Health Dear Mme Oberhauser, In Austria the prevalence of smoking is still increasing while the habit is imposing an enormous health and (...)
30/04/2015

[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. (...)
29/04/2015

[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 (...)
01/04/2015

[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 (...)
Also about: alcohol , Chronic Diseases
31/03/2015

[Press release] EPHA encourages policy makers to be braver when tackling the cancer epidemic in Europe


14 October 2014, Brussels – The 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer was finally launched today after many months of delay (1). As a member of the recently established Commission Expert Group on Cancer (2), EPHA supports the new version of the Cancer Code. “The burden of cancer is set to increase in the coming years. Making a few consistent lifestyles changes is enough to protect oneself against many forms of cancer. This Code sets out a wide range of measures that (...)
14/10/2014

[EPHA Open letter] Asking for support for the Scottish Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol (MUP)


In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and spirits producers took action against the proposal claiming that it breaches the UK’s European Union (EU) treaty obligations. Since there is a growing body of evidence which shows that price increases can have a substantial impact on reducing consumption, and consequently on (...)
01/10/2014

[Joint press release] Doctors take battle to implement “Scotland the brave’s” alcohol minimum unit price policy to Brussels


2 September, Brussels - The Scottish health professions are increasing their efforts to challenge the continued opposition by global alcohol producers to the implementation of Scotland’s Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy. On 5th September in Brussels, Scottish and European doctors will make the case for health alongside industry supporters of the policy, including C & C Group (producers of Tennents Lager) and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. Legislation to (...)
02/09/2014

[EPHA overview] France to introduce new public health law


On 19 June, the French Minister of Health, Marisol Touraine, unveiled the broad measures planned for their new public health law. Measures regarding third-party payers, food labelling and tobacco control are already under consideration. This bill, which has been in the pipeline for more than a year, will be introduced in the Council of Ministers in September and discussed in the Parliament at the beginning of next year. The third-party payer in GP consultation One of the main (...)
18/07/2014

[Save the date] Scotland the Brave! - Alcohol Policy in Scotland


A seminar to discuss and explore Scotland’s innovative Alcohol Policies, including an update on the battle to implement Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). Side event of the EPHA 5th Annual Conference, 4-5 September 2014 “Tectonic tensions - wealthy Europe`s fear of commitment” In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and (...)
10/07/2014