Discussions over compulsory alcohol labelling across Europe have begun

Discussions over compulsory alcohol labelling across Europe have begun

European Union (EU) delays in tabling draft rules on how labelling for alcoholic beverages should be treated under EU food information legislation have been branded "unacceptable".

Belgian socialist MEP Marc Tarabella has accused the European Commission of "dragging its feet" in producing proposals on the issue. In a written question from the European Parliament to the Commission, Tarabella demanded to know when the EU executive will introduce new regulations on the labelling of alcoholic beverages, including nutrition information such as calorie content.

A member of the parliament’s consumer protection committee, Tarabella believes alcoholic beverages should be subject to the same regulatory labelling rules as other foodstuffs.

Commission health & food safety press officer Aikaterini Apostola said exploratory work has been carried out, involving preliminary discussions with member states: "The issue is sensitive and discussions are still needed before we can progress with this report," she said, adding there was as yet no target date for making proposals.

Last month, MEPs called on the Commission to introduce the labelling by next year.