More than 20 health NGOs from across Europe, including SHAAP, have signed a letter of resignation from the European Union Alcohol and Health Forum in protest at the European Commission's failure to deliver an EU alcohol strategy, flying in the face of persistent demands from EU member states, the European Parliament and NGOs themselves.
In a joint press release issued today, the health bodies have also pointed out that there is no evidence that the Forum has had any impact whatsoever on public health. The industry representatives remain on the Forum. The health bodies have invited the Commission to propose new terms of engagement on health policy.
SHAAP has also issued a press release, supporting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call on 2nd June for the European Union to "give a higher priority to enabling member states to take the decisions they deem necessary to protect life and promote health". This includes supporting Scotland in implementing its Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy.