European alcohol policies

Rethinking and strengthening implementation

Friday, 4 October 2019 | 9.00-11.30 |

Organised by WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Health Forum Gastein, EU-HEM and IOGT-NTO. 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.

Speakers & Panellists


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


EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) (representative tba)

VESNA-KERSTIN PETRIC, Head of Division for Health Promotion and Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health, Slovenia

MARIS JESSE, National Institute for Health Development, Ministry of Health, Estonia (tbc)

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

SARA EKLUND, Swedish alcohol monopoly, Systembolaget (tbc)

KRISTINA SPERKOVA, International President, IOGT International

JAN PELOZA, International Youth Health Organization (tbc)


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