EASL has joined 9 other European medical societies, patients groups and public health organisations to call for a stronger written resolution on alcohol in the European Parliament. The Environment and Health Committee rejected a series of amendments on labelling, advertising and pricing policies in its vote on 10 March. EASL and its partners are now calling for MEPs to reintroduce those amendments and to vote on the resolution in its final plenary session in April. Speaking on the watering down of the provisions on price in the resolution, Professor Markus Peck, Secretary-General of EASL commented, “Minimum unit pricing targets the heaviest drinkers consuming the most dangerous types of alcohol who suffer the most harm from alcohol-related disease. It is the perfect policy if you want to stop the epidemic of alcohol related disease across Europe. We are asking the European Parliament to vote on the basis of evidence and for public health, rather than in support of the profits of the alcohol industry".
View a copy of the statement below.
Tackling alcohol related harm requires better actions. Why the public health community is disappointed with the European Parliament resolution on EU Alcohol StrategyDownload the document