Anger at proposal The Block: ‘she Is minister of Health or the Economy?’


Woede om voorstel De Block: ‘Is ze minister van Volksgezondheid of van Economie?’

Health Minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD) wants young people between sixteen and eighteen beer, wine or sparkling wine can continue to drink. Therefore she goes against a recommendation of the High Health council.

For the draft law that The Block is made about the minimum age at which alcoholic beverages may be drunk, went to the minister to seek advice from her own High Health council (HGR). That advice was not to interpretation: under the age of eighteen years, it would be all alcohol should be banned.

Still, The Block that the advice of its own service. Not a good idea, so will they, because alcohol abuse is also the case in countries where the age limit at 18 or 21 years. “We need young people to explain what the risks of alcohol. Create of beer or wine as a forbidden fruit, and they are only attractive’, argues The Block. ‘Prohibit to prohibit is not the solution.’

Here there Is now actually a minister of Health to the word, or a minister of Economy?’, says a disgruntled Luc Van Gorp, president of the Christian Mutuality (CM). “There is always, so to speak, a step forward, but in reality, it remains the minister’s advice to ignore. Not only of the High Health council, but also, for example, of the Association for Alcohol and Other drug problems (VAD) and from the CM.’

‘Minister unworthy’

The argument of The Block that alcohol only becomes more attractive as a forbidden fruit, will find Van Gorp, a minister of Health unworthy. “The minister has asked various authorities opinions, but stores in the wind. I’m so tired of re-bills to see with a slight shift, which is no clarity, ” he says.

The CM chairman points out that even in economic terms, the puzzle is not right. ‘The annual costs of diseases and accidents due to alcohol consumption 5 to 6 billion euros, while the revenues from the taxes on alcohol 3 billion, ” he says. “And that while there is a weekly 12 – to 17-year-olds on the pitch end up by drinking alcohol.’