European alcohol policies

Rethinking and strengthening implementation

Friday, 4 October 2019 | 09:00-11:30 | Kursaal C

Organised by WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health Forum Gastein, EU-HEM, IOGT-NTO and International Youth Health Organization, supported by the Republic of Slovenia

Annually, 3 million deaths worldwide (5.3% of all deaths), result from the harmful use of alcohol. It is also a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions. Consequently, we urgently need to rethink European policies and regulations in this area. Although policymakers have many tools at their disposal, coherent and wide-ranging solutions for implementation remain a challenge at European, national and cross-border levels.

In order to address the lack of implementation, this interactive session will bring together representatives from across the EHFG community. We will ask what we can do to better ensure cross-border collaboration, consumer rights and inter-country agreements. What binding mechanisms on joint policies can better serve to reduce the burden of alcohol-related harm and address inequalities deriving from harmful use of alcohol? Session participants will be actively involved in creating outcomes, working in an open and solution-oriented format.

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Speakers & panellists


  • Vesna Kerstin Petrič, Director-General of the Public Health Directorate, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Ilona Kickbusch, Founding Director and Chair of the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies Geneva
  • Eva Jané-Llopis, "Director Health -SDGs and Social Innovation Program ESADE Business School ", ESADE Business School
  • Kristina Sperkova, International President IOGT International, IOGT International
  • Ana Carina Ferreira Borges, Director a.i. Noncommunicable Diseases & Programme Manager, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs & Prison Health, World Health Organization
  • Johan Lindblad, Head of Public Affairs, Systembolaget
  • Andrej Martin Vujkovac, President, YHO
  • Jan Peloza, Founder, No Excuse Slovenia/YHO


  • Bente Mikkelsen, Director, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization
  • Siegfried Walch, Professor & Head of department, Management Center Innsbruck

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