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New directive on general arrangements for excise duty

The Council of the EU has adopted a new directive on excise duties (COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 2008/118/EC
of 16 December 2008). The new directive does not allow private individuals to have the goods transported on their behalf. The maximum amount of alcohol that can be brought in without paying taxes remains the same.


Eurocare's suggested amendments to proposal on food information to consumers

Following consultations with its members and other Public Health Organisations and experts, Eurocare (an Alliance of some 50 organizations working for the prevention and reduction of alcohol-related harm) has sent out to the Members of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament its suggested amendments to the proposal on food information to consumers.

Eurocare has called upon all members in the ENVI Committee to protect the health and safety of consumers and to promote their right to information by removing the exemption of beer, wine and spirits, from the requirement to bear a list of ingredients and nutritional values that apply to the rest of foodstuffs.


Join the NGO Alliance for a Global Strategy on Alcohol

As part of the preparatory work for the release of a Global Strategy to reduce alcohol related harm, the WHO held a round table meeting with NGOs and health professionals on 24-25 November.

During that meeting, the WHO secretariat suggested that NGOs interested in the process leading up to a Global Alcohol Strategy, get together on an information/communication platform with the aim of facilitating the communication between WHO and NGOs on ways to reduce alcohol related harm.


Sheffield report analyses effects of alcohol pricing and promotion policies

A University of Sheffield report shows that policies which lead to price increases reduce alcohol consumption and can have significant effects on reducing alcohol-related harm. The report was commissioned by the Department of Health to help Government Ministers decide future alcohol policy,


New rules for travellers' allowances into the EU from 1 December 2008

Brussels, 1 December 2008. New rules have come into force that will now allow travellers entering the EU from third countries to import duty free in their personal luggage larger amounts of alcohol.


Alcohol and Health Forum 3rd Pleanary Meeting- Information published on DG sanco website

The third Plenary Meeting of the European Commission's Alcohol and Health Forum, took place on 13th November 2008.

The full report as well as presentations given during the meeting can be found here


Draft Report on Food Information to Consumers

The report of the Rapporteur, Ms Renate Sommer (EPP-Ed, DE), on the proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information to consumers is now available in English.

In her report, Ms Sommer proposes to exempt from the obligation to provide information on ingredients and nutritional values, alcoholic mixed beverages, liqueur wines, sparkling wines, aromatised wines and similar products obtained from fruits other than grapes and fruit beer.


KPMG review exposes ineffective industry self regulation

An independent review carried out by KPMG of the alcohol industry social responsibility standards found that voluntary agreements are not being followed.It also found evidence of poor practice in the way alcohol is promoted.


EU spirits producers report good progress on implementation of their social responsibility commitments

26 November 2008. The European Spirits Organisation – CEPS today presented its third annual report documenting members' progress on their social responsibility commitments. The CEPS Charter implementation report highlights industry activities to tackle alcohol related harm in Europe from August 2007 to July 2008.


EP votes to reduce traveller allowances by 50%

The Parliament's report calls for the Council to reduce traveller allowances by 50% (i.e. 5 litres of spirit drinks, 10 litres of intermediate products, 45 litres of wines and 55 litres of beer) and rejects the possibility that private individuals have alcoholic beverages transported on their behalf from another EU Member State and still be exempted from paying taxes in the country where the goods will be consumed.

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