Tagged: European Union

NEWS: Norway-Sweden: Gap In Alcohol Prices Grows

According to new data, the gap in alcohol prices between Norway and Sweden is growing.
The Swedish alcohol retail monopoly – Systembolaget – has announced they will be cutting the price of the cheapest beer to NOK 6.90 from 2020.
The reduction of beer prices will further widen the gap of alcohol prices between neighboring Norway and Sweden. Norway has been adjusting their alcohol tax upwards with the general price trend in the country, while Swedish taxes have remained almost at a stand still according to Swedish Tax Agency figures. Already the price gap for alcohol between the two countries is large…

NEWS: Sweden: Systembolaget Mulls Plans for Cheap Beer

Systembolaget – the national alcohol retail monopoly – mulls plans for introducing cheap beer.
Systembolaget is saying there is customer demand for cheap beer. According to the government-run alcohol retail monopoly, customers do not want to buy a 500ml container of the current offer of the cheapest beer. Therefore, they are thinking to introduce a smaller and cheaper beer from 2020.
IOGT-NTO is critical of this suggestion for two main reasons…

NEWS: Germany-Sweden: Cross-Border Alcohol Smuggling

Six pallets of beer. Every day. A Swedish family has been uncovered in their operation to smuggle several hundred boxes almost every day.
Recently, Swedish investigators uncovered a smuggling operation by a family for over two years. The family has smuggled about 6 pallets of beer containing about 79 cartons each, every day, from Germany to Denmark, Sweden and Norway…

NEWS: Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

The Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains alcohol policy updates about Finland and alcohol harm in workplaces, South Korea and new alcohol marketing regulation, Wales and the scheduled introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing, Ireland and new alcohol advertising bans, and latest initiatives to research health promotion taxation. Fresh science updates are about: New data on alcohol use and harm in OECD countries, a compelling analysis of the costs of alcohol in Sweden, analysis of the burden of “deaths of despair” in the United States, as well as an exploration of the impact of parental alcohol use on children. The Big Alcohol monitor exposes: Diageo’s strategy for market domination in India, why Big Alcohol opposes road safety measures in India, why a major Dutch bank has completely divested from the alcohol industry, and that Big Alcohol belongs to the top plastic polluters in the world. On our Global Voices Blog Portal, Kalle writes about new EU rules and what they mean for alcohol retail monopolies in Scandinavia. And in Upcoming events we alert you about GAPC 2020, and summerLEAHP 2020…

NEWS: Alcohol Prices in the EU

According to eurostat, alcohol prices in the most expensive countries were twice as high as the cheapest countries in the EU in 2018. The results show that in 2018, the price of alcoholic beverages (spirits, wine and beer) was highest in Finland (with a price level index of 182) and lowest in lowest in Bulgaria and Romania (both with a price level index of 74)…

NEWS: EU: Finland Continues Corporate Sponsorship of Presidency

The new rotating president of the EU Council, Finland, is not planning to discontinue corporate sponsorships to cover part of the costs of the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.
Finland has made clear it has no intentions to even discuss with other member states the issue of EU Presidency countries accepting corporate sponsorships…

NEWS: EU: Portugal Opposes MUP in Wales

Portugal opposes Welsh minimum alcohol price law, doing the dirty work for the alcohol industry.
The Portuguese government has expressed concerns on a “detailed opinion”wines from Portugal would be discriminated against in Wales as consequence of plans to introduce a minimum price of alcohol (MUP). Portugal has warned the plans could have “direct implications” on the free trade rules of the EU market.
The Welsh Government plans to an MUP of 50p per unit. Consequently, a bottle of wine sold in Wales could cost at least £4.69. The new MUP was set to come into effect this summer but has been delayed because of Portugal’s intervention…

NEWS: EU Reports on Supporting SDGs across the World

The Council of the European Union  adopted conclusions welcoming the publication of the first joint synthesis report of the EU and its member states on ”Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across the world” as an important contribution to EU reporting at the High Level Political Forum in 2019…

NEWS: WHO, EU Strengthen Cooperation for UHC

Alongside European Development Days, the World Health Organization and the European Commission strengthen their  cooperation to help countries move towards universal health coverage (UHC).
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed the next phase of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) partnership programme for 2019–2022, worth € 123.75 million (US$ 135 million), on June 18, 2019…

NEWS: Estonia: EU Presidency Prioritizes Alcohol Policy

On July 1st, Estonia took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time ever. The Estonian Presidency’s motto is ‘Unity through balance’, and although not one of the Presidency’s four main priorities, public health will also be a key area for action during the next six months.
For instance, the Estonian Presidency has put tackling alcohol harm high on the public health agenda…