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An Alcohol Strategy for Europe? 31 January 2007, European Parliament, Brussels

On 31 January 2007, the Council of the Eu adopted its conclusion on the EU strategy to support Member States in combating alcohol related harm that the European Commission released on October 24th this year.

The EUROCARE Seminar brought together representatives from the Commission, the European Parliament, the WHO and the Public Health Community to analyse the virtues and shortcomings of the EU Alcohol Strategy and to discuss key questions, such as its implementation and follow-up.

The event was co-hosted and chaired by the MEPs Ms Anna Hedh, Mr. Manuel Medina Ortega and Ms Asa Westlund and was opened by the EU Commissioner for Health, Mr. Markos Kyprianou. presentations were given by DR. Peter Anderson, Dag Rekve (WHO), Ms Monique Kuunders (STAP), Diane Black and Eurocare's vice-Chairperson, Ms Tiziana Codenotti.

The Seminar was a great success, with approximately one hundred participants, 30 of which were MEPs or MEPs' assistants. in addition, several Health Attaches and NGO representatives attended the Seminar (View List of Participants)

See here the final Conference Report

You can also see photographs from the Seminar.

Full programme and presentations

Key aspects of the EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm

Keynote speaker: Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, DG Health


The impact of Alcohol in Europe

Dr Peter Anderson - International Public Health Consultant. Co-author of the Report for the Commission “Alcohol in Europe: A Public Health Perspective”


WHO initiatives to reduce alcohol related harm

Dag Rekve – World Health Organization, Geneva


Eurocare recommendations for effective action to reduce the burden of alcohol problems

Ms. Tiziana Codenotti, Vice Chairman, Eurocare


Is the industry really willing to cooperate to curb underage drinking? - Marketing of alcohol to young people

Ms. Monique Kuunders. Policy Adviser.National Foundation for Alcohol Prevention. STAP. The Netherlands.


Personal Testimony: The lives behind the statistics

Ms. Diane Black, adoptive mother of three children with fetal alcohol syndrome, mother of a child killed by a drunk driver, sister to an alcoholic man.