Tagged: European Union

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…

REPORT: Organised Crime and Illicit Trade in Tobacco, Alcohol and Pharmaceuticals

This report examines the illicit trade in tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutcial products. The most prevalent methods used by OCGs involved in this trade will be discussed in further detail below, but the overview provided here illustrates the scope of their activities…

NEWS: AVMSD Campaign: What About Our Kids?

EU health coalition calls for 6am to 11pm ban on advertising of alcohol and junk food
A coalition of European civil society organisations is advocating for later watershed times and restricted product placement for adverts and television marketing of alcohol and unhealthy food – by improving the current Audio-Visual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).
The advocacy campaign was officially launched today in the European Parliament with an event called “AVMSD: What about our kids?”

PRESS RELEASE: Over 450 European, Canadian Civil Society Groups Urge Legislators To Reject CETA

IOGT International together with over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today urged legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament. Should EU parliamentarians give the trade deal the green light, ratification votes in EU member states would follow…