Tagged: European Commission

NEWS: European Union Funds Advertising of Dutch Gin

“Follow the Money” has uncovered a hidden scheme of European Union funding for advertising of Dutch Gin in the United States through subsidies.
SpiritsNL, the Dutch lobby group for importers and producers of liquor, has applied and secured a €1.5 million subsidy from the European Commission, intended for an advertising campaign in the United States…

BLOG: New Momentum For EU Alcohol Policy From 2020 And Beyond

The new decade brings new challenges and opportunities for EU alcohol policy.
In his compelling analysis, Kalle writes that the formal interest in alcohol policy from the European Commission is seemingly continuing its steady decline, with a reduction in specific actions, work streams and meetings.
Nevertheless, Kalle tracks a surprising number of trends that could positively impact EU- and national-level alcohol-policy making…

NEWS: EU: Consultation for “Beating Cancer Plan” Launched

On February 4, 2020, on World Cancer Day, the European Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation for the “Beating Cancer Plan.”
The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action. But one glaring omission from the discussion thus far is cause for concern.
According to the European Commission, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, which will be presented before the end of this year, will propose actions at every key stage of the disease…

NEWS: EU: Plans for New Cancer Prevention Roadmap

The EU has unveiled a new cancer prevention roadmap.
Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides has announced that the Commission will kick-off the discussion on the ‘Europe’s beating cancer plan’ on February 4, 2020 – on the occasion of World Cancer Day, while the communication and action plan itself is expected towards the end of 2020…

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: 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)…

PRESS RELEASE: Europe’s Alcohol Epidemic And What To Do About It

Brand new WHO Europe alcohol status report 2019 illustrates the high burden of alcohol across the region and that alcohol use and related harms are not declining at an acceptable rate. In response, IOGT International is calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy, for an updated and improved Action Plan on alcohol in the WHO European region, and for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control…

NEWS: South Africa: Turf War Between Beer Giants

Heineken is gearing up to increase their share and loosen AB InBev’s grip of the South African Beer market in the ongoing turf war. AB InBev currently dominates the South African Beer market accounting for 88% of South Africa’s beer volumes and 86% of beer value. To compete with AB InBev, Heineken is gearing up. Recently Heineken invested in its Sedibeng brewery near Johannesburg…

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…