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23/11/2012

Eurocare commitments in the European Alcohol and Health Forum

In this document Eurocare summarises its and its members commitments submitted to the European Alcohol and Health Forum over the period of 2007-2012.

The European Commission’s Alcohol and Health Forum, launched in June 2007 and chaired by DG SANCO, constitutes the backbone of the Commission’s “European Union Strategy to Support Member States in Reducing Alcohol Related Harm”[1]. Released in October 2006, this strategy finalised years of effort to encourage policy and decision makers to address alcohol related harm at the EU level.

Modelled on the EU Platform for Diet, Physical Activity and Health, this multi stakeholder platform brings together actors pledging to take action to reduce alcohol related harm in Europe. Committee on National Policy and Action, a structure separate of the Forum, allows Member States to coordinate national alcohol policies, whilst the Forum remains a platform for voluntary action.

The Forum now counts 68 members- economic operators as well as NGOs, including Eurocare and several of its national members; European Institutions, the World Health Organisation, and EU Member States, participate as observers.

Eurocare is dedicated to working together towards reduction of harm caused by alcohol, to the individual, others and the society. We hope that European Commission and decision makers at both national and European level will continue their efforts on tackling alcohol related harm.

At the time when European Commission is evaluating the current “European Union strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm” our aim is for this brief overview to serve as a modest sample of the range of activities that are being undertaken by the NGO community across the EU.

Read the updated summary of Eurocare commitments in the EAHF

[1] European Commission (2006) Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. An EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm. Brussels, Commission of the European Communities COM(2006) 625 Retrieved from: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2006:0625:FIN:EN:PDF