Policy paper

Government response to ‘A new EU Alcohol Strategy?'

Government response to the House of Lords European Union Committee’s 8th report of session 2014 to 2015: ‘A new EU Alcohol Strategy?’



The government:

  • agrees with the Committee’s recommendations, in particular the government agrees that action is worth formulating at EU level only to the extent that it supplements and supports what Member States can do independently.
  • feels that any new alcohol strategy should ensure Member States can take independent action if they wish to do so.
  • also feels that Member States should have greater flexibilities to act in accordance with their own national policies, for example supporting greater freedoms around taxation of cider and wine.
Published 10 September 2015