EU: Lawmakers urge Commission to table new alcohol strategy

Members of the European Parliament, backed by health NGOs and the alcohol industry, are asking the European Commission to propose a new alcohol strategy, saying it should depart from the current one, writes

Some MEPs are losing their patience with the Commission, and want the EU executive to speed up the process of launching a new strategy.

On Tuesday (31 March), the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) overwhelmingly adopted a resolution which calls for the Commission to start working immediately on the Strategy.

The strategy should enter into force in 2016 and continue over an extended period of time, they said.

The EU’s latest strategy in reducing alcohol-related harm expired in 2013, after seven years in use.

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