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News from a meeting at the Parliament on ‘Limiting alcohol damages’

Public-health experts and members of the alcohol industry attended a meeting chaired by Swedish MEP Jytte Guteland at the European Parliament earlier this month. The meeting aimed at exploring national, sustainable models to tackle alcohol damages from a holistic health and societal perspective, where the specific cases of Scotland and Sweden were discussed.


Cancellation of General Assembly in Istanbul‏

We would like to officially inform you that the Eurocare Board has taken the difficult decision to cancel the Eurocare General Assembly which was scheduled to take place in Istanbul from 26 – 27 May 2016.


EU Health Policy Platform

The EU Health Policy Platform was launched by DG Santé in the European Commission at the conference “Towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases” on 21 April, in Brussels.


The size, impacts and drivers of illicit trade in alcohol

A new OECD report entitled Illicit Trade, Converging Criminal Networks assesses the magnitude, flows and drivers of illicit trade and the illegal economy including: narcotics, human trafficking, wildlife, sports betting, counterfeit medicines, alcohol and tobacco.


A votre santé? - Eurocare stars on a TV documentary by ARTE

Mariann Skar is one of the public health experts featuring in this ARTE documentary that shows Europeans as the world champions in alcohol consumption, including 23 million citizens addicted, and 195 thousand deaths each year.


New EU project on alcohol, nutrition and physical activity

HEPP – Maintaining a focus on health inequalities

This pilot project will contribute to maintaining an EU and Member State focus on health inequalities and help to mainstream measures to address them. The project will have a particular focus on alcohol, nutrition and physical activity, related to the socio-economic gradient and disadvantaged areas.


France: Ministry of Health is concerned by controversial TV cookery programme

The French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has requested the producers of Les Recettes Pompettes (The tipsy Recipes) to have the show cancelled. In the programme, the presenter, with the help of a celebrity guest, prepares food while they consume a large number of alcohol shots.


Eurocare visits SHAAP

Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare , spoke at SHAAP's 2015/16 Alcohol Occasional seminar series about alcohol labelling in Europe.


The alcohol industry - a new fact sheet produced by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS)

The factsheet provides an overview of the alcohol industry:

  • Defines the different elements of the industry – raw materials suppliers, distributors and wholesalers, vendors and suppliers/contractors – but most significantly alcohol producers

Finland and Sweden – biggest Nanny States in European Union

by Lauri Beekmann, Secretary General, NordAN

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) along with the European Policy Information Centre published the so called Nanny State Index last week that puts Finland and Sweden in top defining these Nordic countries as the “worst places in the European Union to eat, drink, smoke and vape.”