Pernod Ricard CEO: Alcohol tax ‘penalises’ responsible consumers

The decision to raise excise taxes on alcohol “penalises” the majority of consumers who drink responsibly, while those who have issues with alcohol will be unaffected as they will keep on drinking excessively, Alexandre Ricard told in an interview.  
Health 26-09-2016

Beer boss: ‘Commission must bring NGOs back into the EU Alcohol Forum’

The dialogue between the beer industry and civil society organisations continues, despite health NGOs leaving the European Commission-backed EU Alcohol Forum, says Pierre-Olivier Bergeron.
Health 13-10-2015

Cardiovascular disease: ‘Better prevention would bring big healthcare savings’

Cardiovascular diseases are still the world’s leading cause of death. Much more should be done to prevent the major risk factors, Philippe Thébault told EURACTIV France
Paul Skehan, the director-general of SpiritsEurope
Health 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.

Policy chief: Self-regulation by alcohol industry must be properly implemented

The chief of strategy at the European Commission's health and consumer protection directorate (DG Sanco) tells EURACTIV that the forthcoming overhaul of its alcohol strategy will probably not come before the end of the year, but it will be on the agenda of the Cypriot presidency.
Trade & Society 12-03-2009

Drinks industry: ‘We can regulate ourselves’

As drinks companies sign up to new guidelines for Internet marketing, the spirits industry told EURACTIV in an interview that self-regulation is quicker than legislation and insists the industry has no interest in marketing its products to young people.
Sports 21-07-2006

Robert Madelin: there is a business case for healthy citizens

Those who adopted healthy life as one of the key performance indicators for Lisbon understood that there is a business case for healthy citizens, explains Robert Madelin.