The need for and way towards an EU strategy on alcohol-related issues

This article was published under the 2015-2020 European Committee of the Regions mandate.

Summary

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Last updated 14 November 2017

Adopted 09/02/2017

Alcohol: it’s no laughing matter

Alcohol abuse has a large impact on our society, whether it is on the societal, social or economic level. With her report, Ewa-May Karlsson focuses on future action and prevention plans for alcohol-related issues at the EU level with an important contribution from local authorities.

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Objective

Alcohol abuse has a large impact on our society, whether it is on the societal, social or economic level. With her report, Ewa-May Karlsson focuses on future action and prevention plans for alcohol-related issues at the EU level with an important contribution from local authorities.

A new EU alcohol strategy needs to tackle alcohol’s serious societal, social and economic impact while relying on the expertise of local authorities. For this, we need to establish EU-level cooperation platforms, reduce the exposure of babies, children and young people to alcohol marketing and inform customers by listing nutrition information and calories on labels as they have a right to know what they drink, as well as focus on preventive action in healthcare and the workplace.

Impact

30 &31 October 2017 Cross-Border Aspects in Alcohol Policy – Tackling Harmful Use of Alcohol in Estonia under the Estonian Presidency with Karlsson discussing her report.

September 2017 Swedish local media Norran covers the Alcohol debate in which Ewa-May Karlsson describes her report.

21 July 2017 Addressed an Informal Council meeting of EU Health ministers in Tallinn during the Estonian Presidency

4 July 2017 During the Almedalen Week, considered the most important forum in Swedish politics, Ewa-May Karlsson highlighted her work on and the importance of an alcohol strategy for Europe and how the EU can contribute to tackle alcohol’s serious societal, social and economic impact while relying on the expertise of local authorities.

15 June 2017  Met with the Estonian Presidency representatives to discuss her report

9 June 2017  Ewa-May Karlsson presents her alcohol report in Stockholm in a debate organized by the European Parliament Information office

10 February 2017 Ewa-May Karlsson has been featured in Finanzas.com and Europaportalen (Sweden) journals.

9 February 2017 Ewa-May Karlsson’s opinion has been adopted unanimously at the CoR plenary.

Ewa-May Karlsson and Markku Markkula

Ewa-May Karlsson and Markku Markkula

 

31 January 2017 Ewa-May Karlsson has been featured by the Nordic Alcohol Drug Policy Network.

21 November 2016  Addressed the 7th European Alcohol Policy conference in Ljubljana as rapporteur on the alcohol opinion.

6 September 2016 Addressed the Policy Dialogue Event of Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA).

Ewa-May KARLSSON

Rapporteur

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