Cover: An Ex Ante Assessment of the Economic Impacts of EU Alcohol Policies

An Ex Ante Assessment of the Economic Impacts of EU Alcohol Policies

Published Jul 27, 2006

by Edwin Horlings, Amanda Watt

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RAND Europe was asked to conduct an evidence-based ex ante impact assessment of a proposed Communication on alcohol policy, with a focus on economic impacts. The European Commission intends to create a comprehensive alcohol policy to combat the harmful effects of alcohol use in the European Union, especially with respect to the young. DG Health and Consumer Protection is designing a Communication on alcohol policy that will give shape to this comprehensive policy. The proposed policy aims to reduce the harmful impacts of alcohol use, while preserving its beneficial economic and social value added. As with all major policy and expenditure proposals, this Communication requires an evidence-based ex ante impact assessment.

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