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01/06/2006

The Brewers of Europe and Ernst & Young have published a Report on The contribution made by beer to the EU economy

As the EU gears up for a battle over the health and social impact of alcohol consumption, with the Commission funded report “Alcohol in Europe” released the 1st of June and the Commission's first Strategy on Alcohol expected in September, the Brussels based lobby the Brewers of Europe have launched a report describing the economic impact of the brewing sector in terms of employment due to the production and sale of beer, the contribution to the European economy in terms of value added and in terms of tax revenues collected by national governments.

According to the report:

· Europe is world's largest producer.

· Of the seven largest brewers in the world, four are European.

· The total employment effect generated by the brewing sector in the EU is 2.6 million jobs.

· The tax revenue national governments receive from the production and sale of beer amounts to 39 billion euros.

· The total contribution of the brewing sector to the European economy in terms of value added is 57.5 billion euros.

The report can be downloaded from http://www.brewersofeurope.org/asp/news_events/detailed_news.asp?id=27