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10/07/2017

Health Ministers will talk alcohol

On Thursday 20th and Friday 21st of July the informal meeting of the Health Ministers will be held at the Tallinn Creative Hub. Main topics to be discussed are digital innovation in health, including free movement of data and alcohol policy in the EU.

Estonia values the health and welfare of people living in the EU. Europe is the world’s heaviest drinking region, and thus bears the brunt of alcohol-related harm to society, the economy and public health. Estonia aims to further develop the discussion between Member States on reducing the harm caused by alcohol. The existence of the Single Market means that achieving the aims of the alcohol policy of one Member State is significantly influenced by the activities in the border areas of the country and in neighbouring states. During the Estonian Presidency, focus will be on cross-border challenges in reducing alcohol-related harm, which can only be solved by common initiatives of Member States (bilaterally, regionally, across the EU).

Friday 21 July will focus on tackling harmful use of alcohol, which has a negative impact on the health of individuals and their families, but also on societies as a whole. In a more globalised world, some alcohol related problems are not easily solved with measures only at national level. The EU can play a role here. During the meeting, ministers are invited to discuss about recent developments on alcohol policy in the EU. Also discussion will be focused on the most important aspects of alcohol policy at the EU level for Member States, especially cross-border issues, like cross-border advertising, including in social media, cross-border trade, labelling of alcoholic drinks.

These topics will also be discussed at the expert level during the conference 'Cross-Border Aspects in Alcohol Policy – Tackling Harmful Use of Alcohol ' held in October. Estonia will also propose Council conclusions on these issues.

Before the informal meeting of Health Ministers, there will be an informal meeting of Ministers of Employment, Social Affairs, Family and Gender Equality, on Wednesday and Thursday, 19th -20th July.

On Thursday 20th and Friday 21st of July the informal meeting of the Health Ministers will be held at the Tallinn Creative Hub. Main topics to be discussed are digital innovation in health, including free movement of data and alcohol policy in the EU.

Estonia values the health and welfare of people living in the EU. Europe is the world’s heaviest drinking region, and thus bears the brunt of alcohol-related harm to society, the economy and public health. Estonia aims to further develop the discussion between Member States on reducing the harm caused by alcohol. The existence of the Single Market means that achieving the aims of the alcohol policy of one Member State is significantly influenced by the activities in the border areas of the country and in neighbouring states. During the Estonian Presidency, focus will be on cross-border challenges in reducing alcohol-related harm, which can only be solved by common initiatives of Member States (bilaterally, regionally, across the EU).

Friday 21 July will focus on tackling harmful use of alcohol, which has a negative impact on the health of individuals and their families, but also on societies as a whole. In a more globalised world, some alcohol related problems are not easily solved with measures only at national level. The EU can play a role here. During the meeting, ministers are invited to discuss about recent developments on alcohol policy in the EU. Also discussion will be focused on the most important aspects of alcohol policy at the EU level for Member States, especially cross-border issues, like cross-border advertising, including in social media, cross-border trade, labelling of alcoholic drinks.

These topics will also be discussed at the expert level during the conference 'Cross-Border Aspects in Alcohol Policy – Tackling Harmful Use of Alcohol ' held in October. Estonia will also propose Council conclusions on these issues.

Before the informal meeting of Health Ministers, there will be an informal meeting of Ministers of Employment, Social Affairs, Family and Gender Equality, on Wednesday and Thursday, 19th -20th July.

Source:EU2017.ee