The EU Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) is a Commission-led stakeholder platform with the aim of coordinating best practices and policies to tackle alcohol-related harm.
However, in June 2015, twenty public health NGOs pulled out.
The NGOs, most of which receive EU funding, decided to abstain from the platform in protest against the European Commission’s refusal to submit a new alcohol strategy, which formally expired in 2012.
The alcohol industry makes it clear that the Forum is related to prevention actions and not policy; on the other hand, the NGOs insist that the industry should be prevented from influencing health-related messages.
Commission: an ongoing dialogue