Actions at EU level – CNAPA report
Promising signals from the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA).
The Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action gathers the Member States to discuss alcohol policy and action with the European Commission. The 4-5 March they met in Luxembourg, and the flash report from the meeting is now available.
The EU Action plan on alcohol together with Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA) and the renewal of the EU Alcohol Strategy were the main topics reflected in the report. The EU Action Plan on alcohol, which will be launched later in 2014, was discussed and is now targeting “youth” and “heavy episodic drinking”. Further, the CNAPA agreed on the following six areas for action:
- Reduce heavy episodic drinking (binge drinking)
- Ensure enforcement of restrictions on availability for youth
- Limit exposure of youth to alcohol marketing and advertising
- Protect the unborn child
- Ensure a healthy and safe environment for children and young people
- Monitoring and increased research
The report also reflects the process of starting a discussion paper to start the preparation and input from CNAPA for a follow up of the 2006 Alcohol Strategy. The CNAPA members stressed the need for a comprehensive approach and that all relevant policy sectors should be involved, both at national and EU level. A drafting group was set down, and United Kingdom, Belgium and Estonia volunteered to be in charge of drafting the discussion paper.
Mariann Skar, Secretary General in Eurocare, welcomes the initiative for actions related to a renewal of the EU Alcohol Strategy. “We are especially happy to see the unanimously support for a comprehensive approach to the EU Alcohol Strategy from the CNAPA members. This is an approach Eurocare has asked for and is clearly needed to be able to address the cross sector relevance of alcohol policies, as for example price and marketing”, Skar says.