Minister Wants Higher EU Alcohol Tax

Swedish health minister, Christian Democrat Göran Hägglund, would like to increase the alcohol tax in the EU. He would also like to see EU-wide rules for how much alcohol you can bring back home after a trip abroad. If the other EU-countries do not agree to this, Hägglund hopes to negotiate a Swedish exception, allowing the Swedes to bring home less alcohol from abroad than members of other EU countries.

The Swedish Christian Democrats made clear in the elections to the EU parliament that they would like to export a Swedish restrictive alcohol policy to the rest of Europe. Hägglund heads a meeting of European Health Ministers in Jönköping in the beginning of this week. On Tuesday they will discuss the prevention of alcohol-related harm.