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Welsh brewer ‘Brains” avoids French alcohol ads ban for Six Nations Tournament

WELSH rugby's latest method of tackling a problem posed by French advertising laws has been unveiled. Legislation prohibiting alcohol companies from advertising during sports events in France will once again prevent the Welsh team's sponsor. Cardiff-based brewer Brains, from displaying its logo on players' jerseys during the Six Nations match in Paris on Friday, February 27. To side-step the issue, the usual Brains logo will this year be replaced by the words "Try Essai" on players' shirts during the French match.


WHO to hold consultations with Member States on the global alcohol strategy

From late February till early May, the WHO will hold consultations with the Member States of the six WHO regions.


WHO Round table reports now available

The reports from the round table meetings the WHO has held with NGOs and health professionals (24-25 November) and economic operators (6 November) can be now downloaded by clicking here.


Public Health Programme: Information Day 2009

European commission - Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC). The Information Day about the 2009 Calls for proposals will be held in Luxembourg on 18 March 2009.


'Alcohol and Health Forum' Committments Database now online

Voluntary actions made by members of the European Alcohol and Health Forum can now be viewed on an online database on the DG Sanco Website.


Alcohol and risky sexual behaviour among young people: Eurocare contribution to DG Sanco

DG SANCO continues its discussions on sexual health for young people and has invited stakeholders to send their expressions of interest to participate in the ongoing debate.


Eurocare is very pleased with the amendments tabled by the socialist shadow rapporteur regading alcoholic beverages

Eurocare was very pleased to see the amendments tabled by Dorette Corbey (shadow rapporteur for the socialists) to the Commission's proposal on food information to consumers.


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.