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Parliamentary questions
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15 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003329-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
César Luena (S&D)

 Subject:  Irish Public Health (Alcohol) Act

Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, a piece of secondary legislation, is causing concern in the European Union owing to the possible disruption it could cause to the single market with regard to advertising and labelling.

The wine industry, in particular, has raised concerns regarding some health warnings that do not follow the ‘drink responsibly and in moderation’ line used in other programmes such as ‘Wine in Moderation’.

Furthermore, Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Act is not consistent with the EU’s efforts to harmonise labelling and establish EU-wide rules to guarantee fair competition and a level playing field on the market.

In the light of the foregoing:
1. Has Ireland provided notification as to what the health warnings on bottles are to look like?
2. Once such notification has been given, will the Commission ask Ireland for a reasonable justification for the labelling rules laid down in the country’s Public Health (Alcohol) Act?
3. Is the Commission intending to discuss the labelling rules laid down in Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Act, taking into account the concerns expressed by the European wine industry?
Original language of question: ES 
Last updated: 29 October 2019Legal notice