EU Alcohol Strategy evidence heard in Brussels

07 November 2014

From 18-19 November 2014, the House of Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education Sub-Committee visited Brussels to hear evdience in relation to its current inquiry into the EU Alcohol Strategy.


The Sub-Committee met with key witnesses including:

Tuesday 18 November

  • Eric Carlin, Director, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems
  • Dr Lars Møller, Programme Manager, Alcohol & Illicit Drugs and Prison Health, WHO Regional Office
  • Mariann Skar, Secretary General, Eurocare
  • Paul Skehan, Director General, SPIRITSEurope
  • Simon Spillan, Senior Advisor, Beer & Society and Communications, Brewers of Europe

Wednesday 19 November

  • Dr Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, Director, Health Directorate, DG Research, European Commission
  • Giovanni La Via MEP, Chair, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) 
  • Glenis Willmott MEP, Member, ENVI

Topics of discussion

  • Should there be a new EU Alcohol Strategy?
  • What were the key achievements of the EU Alcohol Strategy 2006-2012?
  • What has been your experience of cooperation between the alcohol industry and the public health sector in the EU Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF)?
  • What role should the European Parliament play in the formulation of the next Strategy?
  • Outside the EAHF what action is the alcohol industry taking at a European level to reduce alcohol-related harm?
  • Was the previous EU Alcohol Strategy based on sound scientific evidence?
  • What is your opinion of EU-funded research on alcohol-related harm?
  • What is your opinion of the effectiveness of pricing policies such as minimum unit pricing and bans on the below-cost sale of alcohol?
  • What would be the added value of a new EU strategy, as opposed to the WHO European action plan 2012-2020?  
  • Do you see any differences in drinking patterns between northern, southern and eastern European countries?
  • Are indicators a reliable tool to monitor the success of a new EU strategy?

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