APPENDIX 3: CALL FOR EVIDENCE |
The House of Lords EU Home Affairs, Health and Education
Sub-Committee, chaired by Baroness Prashar, is launching
an inquiry into the EU's Alcohol Strategy. Written evidence is
sought by 26 September 2014.
The European Commission adopted the first EU Alcohol
Strategy in October 2006 with its Communication on "An EU
strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related
harm". The Strategy addressed the adverse health effects
related to harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption, and identified
five priority themes for action for the period until 2012:
young people, children and the unborn child;
injuries and death from alcohol related road accidents;
alcohol related harm among adults and reduce the negative impact
on the workplace;
educate and raise awareness on the impact of harmful and hazardous
alcohol consumption, and on appropriate consumption patterns;
and maintain a common evidence base at EU level.
Rationale for the inquiry
The inquiry takes place at the time of the gestation
of the next Alcohol Strategy (2016-2022) which will replace the
current Strategy. The aim of the inquiry is to consider: (i) how
successful the existing Strategy has been in its stated aims,
(ii) how the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)
has affected EU policies in terms of protecting public health
on the one hand as against securing the free movement of alcoholic
goods in the internal market on the other and, (iii) developments
at the EU Member State and international levels. In the light
of this assessment, the inquiry aims to make suggestions about
the content of the next EU Alcohol Strategy and how it might be
made more effective.
Particular questions raised to which we invite you
to respond are as follows:
(1) Should there be another EU Alcohol Strategy?
If so, bearing in mind the wide social and health implications
of alcohol consumption, what should the content, focus and purpose
of the next Strategy be, with reference to the previous strategy
and evaluations thereof?
(2) Are the EU's alcohol policies underpinned
by a sound scientific base?
(3) Are the EU's alcohol policies in line with
existing international frameworks to tackle alcohol misuse, for
example the World Health Organisation (WHO)?
(4) Are the mechanisms created in the last strategy
for facilitating discussion, cooperation and the exchange of good
practice between Member States, industry, civil society organisations
and EU institutions, for example, the EU Alcohol and Health Forum
(EAHF) and the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action
(CNAPA), still appropriate?
(5) Is the EU funding allocated to alcohol-related
research and harm reduction programmes sufficient to achieve the
(6) Do EU policies on the taxation of alcohol
and the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union
(CJEU) balance successfully the aims of the single market with
the wishes of the individual EU Member States to promote public
health within their borders, for example through minimum pricing?
265 Funding for alcohol-related research under the
EU's seventh research programme (FP7) from 2007 to mid-2012 was
49 million euro, which represented less than one per cent of the
FP7 Programme's budget for health. Back