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24/11/2011

Clear call for a new Alcohol Strategy from CNAPA high level meeting

The 9th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA), which took place in Brussels 17 November 2011, is calling for a comprehensive new EU strategy on alcohol related harm.

Health Ministries from Europe met for the first time at senior level in addition to regular CNAPA members for its meeting in November. The Director-General for Health and Consumers, Paola Testori Coggi, was setting the scene by inviting the Member States to take an active role in the evaluation of the current alcohol strategy, and to provide necessary political support for the work on health and alcohol after 2012.

A clear call was given from the European Health Ministries of the need for a comprehensive new EU strategy on alcohol related harm. The meeting also confirmed the need to keep on working on the priorities in the current alcohol strategy, and acknowledged the need to continue the coordination of actions in Member States by the Commission.

Mariann Skar, Secretary General in the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare), welcomes the call for a new alcohol strategy. “This report makes it clear that the Member States in Europe understand the need for an alcohol strategy, and has given a very clear signal of the need for action on the EU level as well as on Member States level. Alcohol is a health determinant which cannot be ignored, and the call from the CNAPA meeting is a very positive step towards future action”.

Eurocare, togehter with 86 NGOs across Europe, call for a comprehensive new alcohol strategy. Click here for more information.

For the report from the CNAPA meeting, click here.