On January 5th 2021, NordAN submitted written feedback to European Commission’s roadmap for the process of revising tax rules for cross-border purchases for alcohol and tobacco. You can find the opinion here.
On December 10th 2020, NordAN took part in the web-based consultation on a working document for development of an action plan to strengthen implementation of the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. More about WHO´s Developing a Global action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. WHO´s Working Document. NordAN contribution.
On November 4th 2019, NordAN responded to the World Health Organisation’s web-based consultation on the implementation of the WHO global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol since its endorsement, and the way forward.
On August 27 2019, NordAN sent a call for action to the 69th WHO Regional Committee participants for Europe calling the WHO Europe Member States for immediate, targeted and renewed joint effort to tackle alcohol-related problems in our region.
On August 9 2019, NordAN responded to Latvia´s open consultation on the draft alcohol and alcoholism action plan with a support letter encouraging the Latvian government to implement evidence-based policies.
On June 21 2019, NordAN sent a letter of concern to the Saeima (Latvian Parliament) members as they decided to move on with a plan to reduce alcohol taxes to counteract Estonia’s decision earlier to lower beer and spirits taxes by 25% from July 1.
On May 30 2019, NordAN sent an open letter to the ministers and party leaders of Finland, Estonia and Latvia, as well as to the media in the region regarding the situation around cross-border trade in the Nordic and Baltic region.
On April 15 2019, NordAN sent a letter of concern to the Minister for Financial Markets, Mr Per Bolund and to the president of the AP7 fund, Mrs Rose Mari Westman regarding the practices in Swedish State fund AP7 which has invested in two Canadian cannabis companies.
On April 1 2019, NordAN sent a letter of concern to Norway Ministry of Finance and to the members of the Parliaments Standing Committee on Finance and Economical Affairs regarding the fact that the Norwegian Government Pension Fund has invested close to 1.4 billion NOK in five companies with significant activities related to marijuana production.
On October 8 2018, NordAN sent a statement to the European Commission on the Finnish government’s bill to amend the Alcohol Act (2018/0324/FIN). NordAN expressed support Finland’s proposed amendment to the alcohol law to further safeguard that its citizens’ health is protected and that specific economic interests wouldn’t undermine that law’s purpose.
On February 9 2018, civil society organisations led by IOGT International, Global Alcohol Policy Alliance and NCD Alliance expressed concern regarding the Global Fund partnering with Heineken. Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network have endorsed the open letter.
On December 4 2017, NordAN sent a letter of support addressed to The Premier of Greenland, Mr Kim Kielsen, The President of Inatsisartut, the Parliament of Greenland, Mr Lars-Emil Johansen and The Minister for Health and Nordic Cooperation, Ms Agathe Fontain congratulating them for the recent amendments to alcohol policy.
On September 17 2017, NordAN sent a letter in Finnish to the Finnish Members of Parliament concerning alcohol policy bill that would give the right to sell up to 5.5% alcohol at all retail outlets.
On August 16 2017, NordAN sent an open letter to Latvian government and parliament members congratulating Latvia for the amendments to the Excise Tax Law and urging them to keep on working with evidence-based alcohol policies.
On July 17 2017, NordAN sent a letter to ministers of health and social affairs of the EU Members States. They were about to gather to Tallinn on July 21 for an informal meeting of health ministers as part of the Estonian EU presidency.
On May 2 2017, NordAN sent a support letter to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania to encourage members of the Parliament of Lithuania to vote for the proposed alcohol policy package and set public health interests above economic ones.
On March 2 2017, NordAN, supported by European Alcohol Policy Alliance Eurocare and a list of different national and international organisations, sent a letter to Parliament members in Iceland urging them to “drop the bill proposing the abolition of a public monopoly on sales of alcohol and the alcohol advertising ban.”
On January 16 2017, NordAN and European Alcohol Policy Alliance Eurocare sent a letter to Finland´s government urging to reconsider plans to change the limits of public monopoly on alcohol sales by authorizing the right to sell up to 5.5% alcohol at all retail outlets.
On December 9 2016, NordAN sent a support letter to Estonia’s government, confirming that “limiting both alcohol marketing and availability are important measures when a country attempts to decrease the level of youth drinking and alcohol-related harm at large. These measures have a strong evidence base and are recommended as the “best-buys” by the World Health Organisation.
On September 27 2016, NordAN together with nearly 40 children’s’ rights, family, consumer, public health, alcohol control, and medical organisations launched a joint call to Members of the European Parliament for ambitious action to free Europe’s children, youth and parents from aggressive marketing of products harmful to health and future well-being.
On August 31 2016, NordAN submitted a contribution to the web-based consultation on a WHO Discussion Paper. The submission addressed the WHO discussion paper (version dated July 25 2016), representing a draft Updated Appendix 3 of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020.
On April 6 2016, NordAN sent a letter to the Presidium of the Nordic Council and the Committee for Welfare in the Nordic Region concerning the proposal “Nordic alcohol and tobacco policies in a public health perspective” by the Committee for Welfare in the Nordic Region.
On November 11 2015, NordAN sent a letter to the prime minister and different ministers of Estonia expressing support for the alcohol policy bill that the Ministry of Social Affairs has proposed.
On November 5 2015, NordAN sent a letter to the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania expressing concern regarding efforts ongoing in the Parliament of Lithuania to revoke the ban on alcohol sales in petrol stations.
On July 27 2015, NordAN sent a letter of concern to DNB´s executive vice president Dag Arne Kristensen, responsible for its CSR & Corporate Identity, turning attention to DNB | NIKE WE RUN VILNIUS event that took place on May 22 in Vilnius under the DNB flag. At the finish of the run, all participants, including children, were awarded a partner gift – a can of a non-alcoholic beer produced by the beer company controlling nearly half the Lithuanian beer market.
On February 6 2015, NordAN, together with Estonian Tobacco and Alcohol Coalition, sent a letter of concern to the embassies of Norway and Canada in Estonia and headquarters of Statoil and Alimentation Couche-Tard regarding the situation in Estonia where fuel retailer Statoil has filed a suit against Tallinn City Council’s ban on the sale of strong alcohol in gas stations.
On December 9 2014, NordAN sent an open letter to the Government and the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania concerning the restructuring of the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department in Lithuania.
On June 16 2014, NordAN sent a support letter to Latvia’s prime minister expressing support to the draft legislative acts based on measures in the Alcoholic Beverage Consumption Reduction and Alcoholism Restriction Action Plan 2012-2014.
On October 25 2013, NordAN sent a letter to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania expressing support to the developments undertaken to restrict commercial communication of alcoholic products.