Eurocare recommendations for a future EU Alcohol Strategy
Eurocare presents its view and recommendation for a comprehensive alcohol policy in the European Union 2013-2020
At the time when European Commission is evaluating the current European Union strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) wishes to present its view and recommendations for a comprehensive alcohol policy in the European Union (EU) 2013 - 2020. The Eurocare recommendations were presented at an event last week in the European Parliament (Brussels) which was hosted by MEPs Anna Hedh and attended by nearly 100 participants.
Despite all the progress achieved over last years, our work to tackle alcohol related harm and raise it on the political agenda is by no means finished. Europe is still the heaviest drinking region in the world and harm caused by alcohol to the individual and society at large is too high. In the current context of economic crisis keeping the focus on public health is crucial. Eurocare would like to take this opportunity to emphasise the need to place the health and social wellbeing of European citizens above purely economic interests. Eurocare, and its broader civil society network, would like to appeal to all DGs of the European Commission to commit to prioritising health issues.
The Eurocare recommendations aim to contribute to a constructive and action oriented discussion on the future Alcohol Strategy for the EU (2013-2020). Eurocare is dedicated to working together towards reduction of harm caused by alcohol, to the individual, others and the society. Due to the size of the problem and the universal impact of alcohol-related harm, is too big for governments to solve alone. It requires a comprehensive, coordinated response from policy and decisions makers at the European and national levels.