European alcohol policies

Rethinking and strengthening implementation

Friday, 4 October 2019 | 9.00-11.30 | 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 PETRIC, Head of Division for Health Promotion and Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health, Slovenia

ILONA KICKBUSCH, Professor and Chair of the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

EVA JANÉ-LLOPIS, Director, Health SDGs and Social Innovation Programme, ESADE Business School

KRISTINA SPERKOVA, International President, IOGT International

CARINA FERREIRA-BORGES, Programme Manager Alcohol and Illicit Drugs, WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

JOHAN LINDBLAD, Public Affairs Director, Systembolaget (Swedish alcohol retail monopoly)

ANDREJ MARTIN VUJKOVAC, President, International Youth Health Organization

JAN PELOZA, Co-founder No Excuse Slovenia & Board Member International Youth Health Organization


BENTE MIKKELSEN, Director, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course, WHO Regional Office for Europe

SIEGFRIED WALCH, Management Center Innsbruck, Austria

Available Biographical Information

NamePetric, Vesna-Kerstin
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NameKickbusch, Ilona
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NameJané-Llopis, Eva
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NameSperkova, Kristina
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NameFerreira-Borges, Carina
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NameLindblad, Johan
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NameVujkovac, Andrej Martin
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NamePeloza, Jan
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NameMikkelsen, Bente
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NameWalch, Siegfried
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