Alcohol and the EU - the Finnish presidency

EU alcohol controls are under review, and there have been concerns that the Finnish presidency could prompt a more draconian approach. Ismo Tuominen, head of alcohol policy at Finland’s ministry of social affairs and health, discussed Finland’s view on EU alcohol policy and its priorities in this area with Alan Osborn.

Alcohol policy a priority under Finnish EU presidency

21 August 2006

EU alcohol controls are under review, and there have been concerns that the Finnish presidency could prompt a more draconian approach. Ismo Tuominen, head of alcohol policy at Finland’s ministry of social affairs and health, discussed Finland’s view on EU alcohol policy and its priorities in this area with Alan Osborn.

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16 June 2006

Finland will use its six-month tenure as EU president to push for an increase in alcohol taxes, the country’s teetotal president Matti Vanhanen said this week.

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8 May 2006

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