Health ministers adopt common position on new Community action programme for public health and issue recommendation on alcohol
The six-year programme will focus on improving health information and knowledge, enhancing the capability to respond rapidly to health threats, and addressing health determinants. The programme will replace eight existing Community action programmes, such as health promotion, information, education and training.
Furthermore, a European health forum will be set up to allow those involved in the public health sector to be involved in the development of health policy and ensure that public health concerns are fully addressed. The new programme is seen as a complement to national policies. A total of 280 million euro has been assigned to this programme.
In addition, ministers adopted proposals to counter underage drinking through tougher enforcement of laws on alcohol sales and self-regulation by advertisers. They agreed to increase information campaigns to educate young people about the dangers of drinking and to work with industry on codes of conduct to ensure alcoholic beverages are not designed or promoted to appeal to children.