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Protecting the unborn baby from alcohol (17.09.13) European Parliament, Brussels

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2013. 10h00 a.m - 13h00 p.m.

Venue: European Parliament, Brussels ( How to get there?). Room A3H-1

Registration: Please register by 10 September. Click here to register

Hosted by Lithuanian MEPs, Justas Vincas Paleckis (S&D) and Radvilė Morkunaite-Mikuleniene

alcohol may harm the unborn baby label

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is the leading known cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the EU.

Unfortunately, many women are not aware that throughout pregnancy, even at low levels of exposure, alcohol interferes with the normal development and can seriously damage the unborn child. Case studies from across Europe show there is a substantial number of women who continue to drink during pregnancy, ranging from 25% in Spain to 35%-50% in the Netherlands and even higher rates in the UK or Ireland (79%).

The event is being held in partnership with the European FASD Alliance (EUFASD).



Opening speeches

10:00 Welcome by host MEPs
10:05 Opening remarks by Mr Gediminas Černiauskas, Vice-Minister for Health of Lithuania (tbc)

Setting the scene

10:20 Risks associated with Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol, Dr Diane Black, European FASD Alliance (EUFASD)

European solutions

10:30 Measuring the problem in Europe, EU WHO Office at the European Union

Good practices around Europe

10:50 Research: Dr Simona Pichini, National Institute of Health, Italy
11:10 Prevention: Alcohol Labelling, Dr Pierre-Yves Bello, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, France

Next steps

11:30 Way forward at EU level, Keynote speaker: Mr Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection


Networking Lunch and presentation of European campaign for prevention of FASD, Francesco Marini, Local Health Authority of Treviso (Italy) and Stefania Bazzo, PhD in Science of Reproduction and Development at the University of Trieste (Italy)

Protecting the unborn baby from alcohol