Earlier this year the European Parliament in its Resolution of 29 April 2015 demanded a comprehensive and focused EU Alcohol Strategy. At the last European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) meeting in May Commissioner Andriukaitis announced that the Commission has no plans to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy.
Following the announcement public health NGOs, including EASL, resigned from the EAHF. This Forum was established to support the implementation of the previous EU Alcohol Strategy, which ended in 2012. With no new strategy planned, membership of the forum seems pointless.
Now, a group of concerned Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) including Glenis Willmott, S&D Co-sponsor of the Resolution on the Alcohol Strategy, Matthias Groote, S&D ENVI Coordinator, Jytte Guteland and Anna Hedh have written and open letter to EU Commission President Juncker and Vice-President Timmermans expressing their deep concern and calling for a new EU alcohol strategy. The Commission's continued lack of action goes against the direct demands from Member States and the European Parliament for a new comprehensive strategy to tackle alcohol harm in Europe and ignores the immense health, economic and social costs of alcohol harm in the EU.
The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness for the need for a new effective alcohol policy framework at the EU level and exercise pressure on the Commission.
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