Rates of alcohol-related outcomes are sensitive to policy differences in neighboring territories. It is clear that cross-border trade with alcoholic beverages has a profound impact on public health. While Nordic countries have very strong alcohol policy with high prices and limited marketing, Baltic countries, just next door, are having much lower price levels which attracts massive number of buyers from Nordic countries. Also between Nordic countries and from countries such as Germany and Poland cross border trade is important. This cross-border trade and travellers’ alcohol imports as such is limiting the possibilities to increase alcohol excise duties or otherwise affect prices of alcohol in several Nordic countries.
While cross-border trade and price differences seem to be the biggest issue here, it´s definitely not the only matter that countries have to deal together.
These are the main subjects for this years NordAN conference in Tallinn on Ocotber 28-29.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
Conference starts at 13.00
Welcome by NordAN president Peter Allebeck
Keynote speeches – Jevgeni Ossinovski, Health minister of Estonia. Confirmed.
Aurelijus Veryga, Health minister of Lithuania
Plenary on monopoly systems
Representatives from different monopolies (Alko, Systembolaget, Vinmonopolet, Vínbúð)
Maritta Iso-Aho – Alko Executive, Vice President (Finland)
1. Womens section
Chair: Leena Haraké, KSAN/WOCAD Sweden
Introduction of two projects run by KSAN in cooperation with Naistenkartano, Blatt Afram and Retretten
– Nordic Girls Rights (funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers) and
– New Sober Norms in Norden (funded by SAFF Stiftelsen Ansvar för Framtiden)
15.20 Discussion about how the participating NGO´s and entities face the situation when Alcohol and other Drugs are targeted, marketed and made available in ways, forms and quantities we never seen before. What does it mean for drug preventive gender specific prevention work and policies and what is needed for a successful approach gaining approval both locally and globally.
Leena Haraké, KSAN, Helena Palojärvi, Naistenkartano r.y and Rita Nielsen, Retretten, Sigridur Björnsdottir, Blatt Afram via Skype, lead the discussion.
16.30 Closing remarks.
17.00 NordAN General Assembly
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
Plenary on Nordic-Baltic cross border issues
Nijole Gostautaite Midttun, NTAKK – business interests opposing to alcohol policy
Marje Josing, Estonian Institute of Economic Research – Decreasing trade between Finland and Estonia; growing trade between Estonia and Latvia.
No alcohol while flying
Pilar Carbonell Raya, Balearic Islands government general director of tourism (Spain)
Plenary on European matters affecting Nordic/Baltic countries
Kalle Dramstad, European Policy Officer, IOGT-NTO – Latest situation with Sweden/UK alcohol advertising controversy
Mariann Skar, Eurocare – Alcohol labelling – will the industry come up with a satisfactory solution or will the Commission intervene? Alcohol policy situation and future in EU
Ending around 13.00