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23/05/2014

Eurocare welcomes the new European Parliament

Eurocare hopes the European elections will bring a more public health oriented European Parliament which will put the health of their citizens first.

Europe is the heaviest drinking region in the world and the consumption levels in some countries are around 2.5 times higher than the global average[1]. It is estimated that €155.8 billion is the social costs attributable to alcohol in the EU on a yearly basis[2].

Eurocare hopes that the new European Parliament will work effectively to reduce alcohol related harm and move forward such key policy areas as:

  • adoption of the new EU Alcohol Strategy
  • bringing alcohol labelling in line with other food products- Revision of the Provision of Food Regulation to Consumers (EU Regulation 1169/2011)
  • improvement of the alcohol marketing regulations, including online
  • revision of the minimum excise duty levels in the EU (revision of Directive 92/83/EEC and Directive 92/84/EEC)
  • support Member States freedom to introduce Minimum Unit Price (MUP) for alcoholic beverages
  • increase drinking age limits in all Member States to a minimum 18 years old
  • promote zero tolerance for drink driving
  • age limits in all Member States to a minimum 18 years old
  • secure funding for research and data collection

Have a look at the results from the European elections

[1] WHO (2014) Global status report on alcohol and health 2014

[2] CAMH (2012), Interventions for alcohol dependence in Europe: A missed opportunity to improve public health