Neil met officials from business and health departments to outline the Scottish Government’s plans to introduce a minimum unit price of 50p. His visit came after several EU countries raised concerns that the policy may breach free trade rules; the Scotch Whisky Association is also taking action in Europe and the UK against the legislation.
Plans for a minimum price in Scotland have, however, received support from the Irish Government.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, Neil said: “The point that I will make in Brussels is that minimum pricing can, and will, save lives.”
Meanwhile, the coalition government is consulting on plans for a minimum price of 45p a unit in England and Wales.