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28/07/2016

Spirits boss: ‘Our products bring lots of joy and happiness’

Topic: EU Alcohol Strategy


Health & Consumers 27-07-2016

Fake wines and spirits cost the EU ‘at least’ 4,800 jobs per year

The rise of counterfeit products in spirits and wine across Europe cause annual government losses estimated at €1.2 billion as well as approximately 4,800 jobs in these sectors, a new study has found.
Health & Consumers 18-07-2016

Door open for health NGOs to rejoin EU alcohol forum

The European Commission is exploring ways to bring back health organisations to its alcohol policy forum, in light of recent reports suggesting a decrease in underage drinking across Europe.
Health & Consumers 01-06-2016

Health NGOs: Commission ‘listened’ to industry on alcohol advertising

A new European Commission proposal to reform advertising rules on television and online has opened a new battlefield for health NGOs, advertisers and the alcohol industry.
Health & Consumers 08-01-2016

The UK dramatically changes guidelines for alcohol intake

The UK's Chief Medical Officers (CMO) on Friday (8 January) changed the guidelines for alcohol consumption, advising now both men and women not to drink more than 14 units per week, or three units on one occasion, in order to limit alcohol harm.
Health & Consumers 08-12-2015

Council pushes for EU alcohol strategy by end of 2016

The EU's 28 health ministers urged the European Commission on Monday (7 December) to adopt a comprehensive EU strategy to tackle alcohol-related harm such as binge drinking and drink-driving.
Health & Consumers 18-11-2015

Commission says alcohol policies will not suffer from new internal structure

Alcohol policies and the 'health in all policies' approach will not suffer from the European Commission's new internal structure - which has already seen many health policies delayed or scrapped, a spokesperson said on Tuesday (17 November). 
Health & Consumers 05-11-2015

Fighting alcohol harm: Preserving the multi-stakeholder approach

While the European Commission is still debating the added value the EU can bring to tackle alcohol-related harm, The Brewers of Europe remain committed to working together with governments and civil society in promoting responsible beer consumption, writes Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.
Agriculture & Food 16-07-2015

Andriukaitis: Health isn't an expenditure

Health should be in all policy areas, Vytenis Andriukaitis, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said in a speech on Thursday (16 July), in which he outlined his priorities until 2019.
Health & Consumers 03-06-2015

Health NGOs walk out of EU alcohol forum

Twenty public health organisations have resigned from the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF), a stakeholder platform, to protest against the European Commission's refusal to submit a new alcohol strategy.
Health & Consumers 22-05-2015

Commission set to dump EU alcohol strategy

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU's Health and Food Safety Commissioner, said that the executive has no intention of submitting a new strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe, suggesting that the issue will be tackled as part of a broad range of "risk factors" affecting chronic diseases.
EU Priorities 2020 30-04-2015

Worries mount as European Parliament sits idle

EXCLUSIVE / The European Parliament's legislative vacuum is frustrating both national and European politicians. While MEPs are forced to vote on hollow resolutions, France has lodged a complaint with the President Martin Schulz. EurActiv France reports
Health & Consumers 30-04-2015

Parliament urges Commission to submit new alcohol strategy

The new strategy should include plans for labelling the calorie content of alcoholic beverages, the European Parliament said in a resolution adopted on Wednesday (29 April).
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Health & Consumers 02-04-2015

Lawmakers urge Commission to table new alcohol strategy

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Members of the European Parliament, backed by health NGOs and the alcohol industry, are asking the European Commission to propose a new alcohol strategy, saying it should depart from the current one.
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Agriculture & Food 30-03-2015

Delayed Commission report on alcohol labelling frustrates beer industry

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / New EU rules on nutrition labelling for food and drinks entered into force a few months ago. But whether or not alcoholic beverages will also have to carry them in the future is still unclear. A Commission report on the issue, due in December last year, is yet to be published.
Health & Consumers 30-03-2015

Motion for a Resolution on a new Alcohol Strategy

A positive vote by the Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the Alcohol Strategy Resolution on the 31st of March is crucial, writes Anna Hedh.
UK & Europe 06-03-2015

Lords press Commission to act on alcohol

While the EU must act to combat alcohol-related harm, any new initiative by the European Commission should focus on measures within its powers, such as taxation and labelling, the UK's House of Lords has said in a report published Friday (6 March).
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Health & Consumers 12-09-2014

Scotland: Industry, Health and Government make case for Alcohol Minimum Unit pricing

Health advocates, including doctors and nurses from Scotland and across Europe, find common cause with Scottish alcohol industry representatives in supporting  the Scottish Government's efforts to implement its Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) legislation. They call for global alcohol producers to drop their legal challenges to this policy that will save hundreds of lives of people in Scotland every year.
Agriculture & Food 11-09-2014

MEP Willmott: Commission is dragging its feet on alcohol policy

?The European Commission has not given a satisfactory reason for why the review of the Alcohol Strategy wasn't published last year, as promised, says MEP Glenis Willmott. She would like the next version to look into minimum pricing, include more research and health recommendations. 
Health & Consumers 08-09-2014

Government, industry want minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland

Though the Scottish government initiative to put a minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol has been referred to the European Court of Justice, some members of Scotland's alcohol industry are backing the initiative to tackle alcohol harm in the country. 
Health & Consumers 09-07-2014

DG Trade's ties to the alcohol industry are cause for concern

Instead of addressing the harm alcohol inflicts to public health, social fabric, economic productivity and even democracy abroad, EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht chooses to praise its trade benefits, writes Sven-Olov Carlsson.
Health & Consumers 03-06-2014

Spirit makers debate ways to tackle binge drinking among EU youth

While policymakers worry about young people's drinking habits, the spirits industry has proposed that separate approaches are required to combat alcohol abuse, at a local level, due to the different drinking cultures in the 28 EU member states.
Health & Consumers 13-05-2014

WHO says alcohol killed 3.3 million people in 2012

More than 3 million people died from using alcohol in 2012, for reasons ranging from cancer to violence, the World Health Organisation said on Monday (12 May), as it called on governments to do more to limit the damage.
Public Affairs 18-04-2014

Alcohol boss explains nuances of ‘responsible drinking’

For an industry body, passing on the message that consumers may want to buy less of your product may seem suicidal. Yet this is what SpiritsEurope is attempting to do with the concept of “responsible drinking”.
Health & Consumers 17-04-2014

Spirits boss: 'Our products bring lots of joy and happiness'

Whiskey, Gin or Cognac bring “lots of joy and happiness” to those who drink them, says Paul Skehan, the boss of SpiritsEurope. But he also admits spirits have “a double side to them” and worries about attempts to overtax a sector whose exports are booming, especially in Asia.