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Plenary of the European Parliament to vote on the reform of the wine sector

On 12 December the plenary of the European Parliament will vote on the proposal on the common organisation of the market in wine.


The Netherlands: Worrying Alcohol coma rise among youngsters

Some 240 young teenagers have been hospitalised after drinking themselves into a coma so far this year, according to research coordinated by Twente University.


The Evolution of Health Following Enlargement – HEM Closing the Gap

Brussels, Tuesday, 23 October.

A one-day conference organized by the Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology of Warsaw, Poland. The conference will present the results of a three-year European funded research project. This project focused on identifying the reasons for the health gap between Western and Eastern European Union countries.


Commission adopts new EU Health Strategy 2008-2013

Brussels, October 23. The European Commission has adopted a Health Strategy setting out the direction for Community Health action in the years to come. 'Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the EU 2008-2013'. The Strategy aims to provide an overarching strategic framework spanning core issues in health as well as health in all policies and global health issues. The Strategy aims to set clear objectives to guide future work on health at the European level, and to put in place an implementation mechanism to achieve those objectives, working in partnership with Member States.


Alcohol consumption accounts for a major proportion of the health gap between the new and the old Member States

The final results of the research project “Closing the Gap”, were presented last 23 October in a conference in Brussels.
The aim of this three-year project funded by the Commission was to improve the understanding of the underlying causes of health differences between EU15 and EU10 countries and to identify and quantify major health determinants responsible for the health gap.


Eurocare welcomes the improved public health article in the Reform Treaty

19 October, Lisbon, Portugal. EU leaders on 19 October agreed on a final text of the new EU Treaty at an informal summit in Lisbon. The new Treaty to be formally signed off on 13 December in the Portuguese capital will subsequently be ratified next year, with a view to coming into place by mid-2009, ahead of the next European elections.


First Meeting of the Alcohol and Health Forum

17 October, Brussels. The Directorate for Public Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission (DG SANCO) has held the first plenary meeting of the Alcohol and Health Forum. This multistakholder forum, modelled on the EU Platform for Diet, Physical Activity and Health, brings together actors pledging to take concrete actions to reduce alcohol related harm in Europe, now the heaviest drinking region in the world.


Alcohol and Health Forum Update

On 17 October 2007, DG Sanco hosted the first Plenary Meeting of the Alcohol and Health Forum[1].

The Agenda of the first meeting was mainly focused on practical discussions, such as the electronic form for commitments participants are required to fill in by Monday 3rd December 2007. All the data submitted by participants will be entered into a database, accessible from the Commission Website.


Ireland will soon introduce health-warning labels for pregnant women on alcohol containers

16 October. Drinks Manufacturers Ireland (DMI), the umbrella body for the industry, has confirmed that it had agreed to introduce a health warning about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy on all alcohol containers sold in the Republic.


Lunch Briefing on New Approaches to Alcohol Policy

European Parliament, 10 October. The International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) a think tank funded by the major producers of alcohol beverages[1] has organized a lunch briefing to present the alcohol industry's approach to the reduction of the harm caused by alcohol.

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