Today the UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scottish Government can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association and others that it did not comply with European Union law. The judgment is available here.
In an attempt to reduce both the harm to health and the social consequences arising from the consumption of cheap high strength alcohol, the Scottish Parliament passed The Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 . This has been the subject proceeding in the Scottish, European Union and United Kingdom courts since 2012.
Further background to the case is available from the UK Supreme Court here and from the Scottish Government here.
Why not get involved in the #BeActive challenge by posting photos or videos of yourself running, skipping, jumping or anything else in between on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the #BeActive hashtag for your chance to win prizes? There will be one winner chosen every week between now and the 23rd of September. More information and the entry form is available here.
This is part of the European Week of Sport (23rd-30th September 2017) to promote sport and physical activity across Europe.
Travelling in the EU this summer? Did you know prescriptions issued by a doctor registered in the EU are valid in all EU countries. More information is available here on the specific information your doctor needs to include to enable you to get your prescription medicine dispensed abroad.
Also remember to take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you on holiday. This is a free card providing access to state provided healthcare during your stay in any of the 28 EU countries plus Iceland Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. UK citizens can apply for the card for free here. An app (iOS, Android, Windows) explains how to use the EHIC. As well as general information about the card the app includes emergency phone numbers, covered treatments and costs and how to claim reimbursement.
EHIC is a free card which gives access to state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The card entitles holders to state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as citizens of that country. In some cases, but not all, treatment will be free.
Be aware though the EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance as it does not cover private healthcare or return flights if you have to come home early for health reasons
Travelling in Europe, a leaflet published by the EU, has now been updated for 2017-18. It contains lots of useful, practical information about travelling in the EU and includes a fold-out map of the continent.
The illegal sale of medicinal products to the public using the internet is a major threat to public health and safety.
From the 1st of July 2015 online pharmacies operating in the EU have had to display a common logo (that’s it on the right). Clicking on this logo ensures that the website is registered on one of the national lists of legally-operating pharmacies or supplier.
This free card is allows EU citizens to access state-provided healthcare while on holiday in the EU countries plus Iceland Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. That’s Social Europe‘s promotional video for it above.
An app containing lots of useful information on how to use the card and what it covers is available from the App Store (for iPhone owners), Google Play (for Android users) and the Windows Marketplace (for those with phones running Windows)