SOURCE: International Center for Alcohol Policy

February 14, 2013 02:00 ET

Noncommercial Alcohol in the European Union

International Center for Alcohol Policies Hosting February 20 Summit at European Parliament

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - Feb 14, 2013) -

Black market alcohol poses a serious and growing threat in a number of regions within the European Union and represents significant economic challenges for governments as well. Complex socioeconomic conditions and restrictive government policies can contribute to the growth of the illicit alcohol market and its negative public health impacts.

This seminar, hosted by the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), will explore research out of Estonia, Latvia and Poland focused on the illicit market's national impacts as well as cross-border implications across the EU.

Developing smart policies and interventions around noncommercial alcohol will require improved enforcement, new approaches, and the engagement of a range of stakeholders.

The event will feature opening remarks by MEP Dr. Renate Sommer and four expert speakers:

Dr. Marjana Martinic, Deputy President, International Center for Alcohol Policies
Noncommercial Alcohol: The Bigger Picture

Maret Maripuu, Member of the Estonian Parliament
Unrecorded Alcohol Market: A Challenge for Policies. The Case of Estonia

Valters Kaže, Board Member of LADRIA (Latvian Association of Spirits Producers and Distributors); Research Project Leader, University of Latvia
A Threat for the Latvian Alcohol Market: The Social and Economic Impact of the Noncommercial Alcohol Market in Latvia

Leszek Wiwała, President of the Board of the Polish Spirits Industry -- Employers' Organization
The Black Market for Alcohol in Poland

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 from 10h30 to 12h30

European Parliament, Brussels
József Antall Building, room JAN 6 Q1

To request a complimentary media pass to the Policy Briefing on Noncommercial Alcohol in the European Union, please contact Kate Haranis, or +1 (617) 482 0042.

Advance registration is required in order to comply with security protocol.

The International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP; is a not-for-profit organization supported by major international producers of beverage alcohol. Established in 1995, ICAP's mission is to promote understanding of the role of alcohol in society and to help reduce harmful drinking worldwide. ICAP's efforts to foster dialogue and partnerships in the alcohol policy field are shaped by its commitment to pragmatic and feasible solutions to reducing harm that can be tailored to local and cultural considerations and needs. ICAP has been recognized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) as a non-governmental organization in Special Consultative Status.

Read more about the efforts of major international alcohol producers through Global Actions on Harmful Drinking at and on To learn more about ICAP, please visit and

Contact Information

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