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Mums-to-be told 'no safe level of drink'

DUBLIN'S three maternity hospitals are to back an information campaign telling women there is no 'safe' level of alcohol to consume while pregnant.
Medics now regard alcohol consumption during pregnancy as a significant factor on the health of a newborn, but a large proportion of women continue to drink while expecting the birth of their child.
Every year, the situation leads to an average of 354 Irish babies in Ireland being diagnosed with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.



Public Hearing on the proposal for a regulation on “food information to consumers"

Rapporteur Renate Sommer (EPP-ED, DE) kicked off the hearing, addressing an audience that was primarily made up of representation from the food and drink industry, with strong presence particularly from the UK and Germany. Sommer acknowledged right away that the legislation at hand was extremely complex and risky in a number of aspects', and stressed the difficulty of being charged with bringing together various bits of legislation into one in a simplified way.


First debate in ENVI– November 4 2008

Vote in committee – January 2009

Vote in plenary – April 2009


Public hearing in the European Parliament on “The Provision of Food Information to Consumers

A Public hearing on “The Provision of Food Information to Consumers, organised by MEP Renate Sommer (EPP-ED, DE) will be held today in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Eurocare is pleased that the European Commission draft directive 2008/028 is taking into account consumers' needs for information regarding mixed alcoholic beverages (alcopops). However Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare, regrets the decision not to include all alcoholic beverages “this, in our view, is a missed opportunity to adopt a comprehensive approach to labeling and will not benefit the European consumers. Furthermore, this is not in line with the Commission's obligation to seek to improve the coherence between policies that have an impact on alcohol related harm stated in the EU Alcohol Strategy”.


The European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing informs of a disturbing trend in Europe: The raise of alcoholic energy drinks

Research shows that the combination of alcohol and energy drinks are a dangerous mix. Adolescents who drink alcohol in combination with energy drinks are more likely to binge drink, to be involved in accidents and to get injured (O'Brien, 2008). In the end of July, Anheuscher-Busch withdrew their alcoholic energy drinks from the US market due to pressure from Public Health advocates


Norwegian Municipalities Take on Government Over Gaming Machines

Opinion polls in Norway have found that more than 70% of citizens object to the planned roll-out of 7,000 new gaming machines by the state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping. The majority consensus has led to local municipalities turning to a loophole in the alcohol licensing law to attempt to block their installation.


High-level Conference on Mental Health, Brussels 13 June 2008

The European Commission is organising an "EU High-Level Conference on Mental Health.” This will take place on 13 June 2008 in Brussels. This high-level event will be hosted by European Commissioner for Health, Ms. Androulla Vassiliou, who is preparing it with her colleague Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Mr. Vladimír Špidla. The President of the European Commission, Dr José Manuel Barroso, also expressed his wish to participate in the event. The conference will be a follow-up to the consultation on the Commission's Green Paper on Mental Health of 2005.


ECJ: Different tax treatment of beer and wine in Sweden does not infringe Community Law (Case C-167/05)

8 April 2008. The European Court of Justice has dismissed the Commission action against Sweden and considered that different tax treatment of beer and wine in Sweden does not infringe community law.

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