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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.


Alcohol will be on the agenda of the Swedish presidency of the EU

From the 1st of July 2009, Sweden will for six moths hold the presidency of the EU. As it did in 2001, Sweden will have alcohol on the agenda.


Alcohol and Health Forum Updates

The third Plenary Session of the Alcohol and Health Forum was held in Brussels on Thursday 13th November.

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