EU:s hälsoministrar pratar alkohol idag

När EU:s hälsoministrar träffas idag står alkoholen på agendan. Framför allt gäller det prissättning och alkoholreklam. Enligt en artikel på EurActive är det många (läs alkoholindustrin) som oroat sig för vilka förslag Sverige kommer att lägga fram på dagens möte. EurActive konstaterar att Sverige tagit fram förslag på hur man skall kunna minska alkoholens skedeverkningar inom EU, och att man nu i första hand koncentrerar sig på frågan om alkoholreklam riktad till ungdomar:

Sweden, which holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, has prepared a draft document setting out its roadmap for reducing the negative health and social impacts of alcohol misuse. The alcohol industry has been nervous about Sweden’s push for tougher action on alcohol-related harm, but EU sources indicate that the wording of the current proposal does not take as hard a line as some had anticipated. The Swedes want national governments to implement the EU alcohol strategy with renewed vigour, and to incorporate new evidence on the role of pricing policy as an effective tool in curbing Europe’s drinking habits. Earlier this month, the brewing industry launched a stinging report on Sweden’s domestic alcohol policy, alleging that tightening restrictions on alcohol sales had bred an underground market for bootleg alcohol. This claim was robustly dismissed by the Swedish Presidency.

Sweden wants health ministers to put pressure on the EU executive to take further steps to protect young people from alcohol advertising. It wants a proactive approach to enforcing regulatory and self-regulatory codes on responsible marketing.

This is a hot topic in several countries where drinks companies sponsor high-profile sporting events, several of which attract a young audience. The implications of restricting this kind of sponsorship and marketing will be thrashed out over the coming weeks, with Sweden intent on having an agreed set of conclusions by the time health ministers meet again on 1 December.

Läs hela artikeln på EurActive:

http://www.euractiv.com/en/health/swedes-put-alcohol-pricing-eu-health-agenda/article-185929

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