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Parliamentary questions
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4 July 2018
E-002411/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002411/2018

According to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union(1), health policy and health services, including policies on alcohol-related harm, are primarily the responsibility of the Member States. Many of the measures needed to reduce alcohol consumption are in the hands of the Member States, including taxation, licences to sell alcohol and its accessibility, age limits to drink.

The Commission is keen to support Member States in reaching the World Health Organisation target to reduce alcohol related harm by 10% by 2025(2) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(3), in particular target 3.5. To this end, a EUR 1 million contract has been agreed each year under the 2017 and 2018 work plans of the EU Health Programme. The contract aims to support Member States in building capacity in the context of a health-in-all-policies approach and in implementing of evaluated best practices and other initiatives to reduce alcohol related harm.

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:12012E/TXT&from=EN
(2)http://www.who.int/beat-ncds/take-action/ncd-brief-alcohol.pdf
(3)https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

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