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European Public Health advocates unite to support Ireland’s Public Health Alcohol Bill.

Today (Friday, 20 July) marks the close of the EU Commission’s TRIS notification procedure on Ireland’s amended Public Health Alcohol legislation, and the ending of the ‘Standstill’ period that delayed enactment of the legislation.

In commending the progressive action adopted by the Irish Government, and the preventative measures within the Public Health Alcohol Bill, many leading public health organisations across Europe have submitted firm contributions validating the actions being proposed. Crucially, they reaffirm the established link between alcohol consumption and fatal cancers, and the important role health warnings fulfil to inform consumers of known risk.

Amongst the leading contributors were:

  • EASL – European Association for the Study of the Liver;
  • CPME – Standing Committee of European Doctors;
  • Royal College of Physicians (London);
  • Irish Medical Organisation
  • World Cancer Research International,
  • Cancer Research UK
  • SHAAP – Scottish Health action on Alcohol Problems,
  • European Public Health Alliance  
  • United European Gastroenterology (UEG)
  • Eurocare – European Alcohol Policy Alliance, and
  • U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance  

as well a variety of leading advocates in the NGO community across the EU.

Commenting on these developments, Eunan McKinney, Alcohol Action Ireland, said:

To have the support of such a distinguished group of the leading public health professionals is very welcome. This is now a crucial phase for the Public Health Alcohol Bill, which continues to be assaulted and delayed by the tactics of a hostile alcohol industry.

We remain confident that the primacy of a Member State to enact necessary measures to protect public health, as affirmed last year by the UK Supreme Court decision that allowed the introduction of Minimum Unit Price to Scotland, will now be formally recognised by the Commission.

The Public Health Alcohol Bill completed the Committee Stage before Dáil Éireann’s Select Committee on Health in June. With the closure of the TRIS process, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, will be able to conclude the Bill’s final stages early in the Oireachtas’ Autumn session, which commences on 18th September.

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Notes to Editor

Full details of the submission made by the various organisations cited can be viewed at:

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/tris/en/search/?trisaction=search.detail&year=2018&num=22