May 24, 2019
Philip Morris International Comments on Court of Justice of the European Union Judgment on the EU Tobacco Products Directive
“Today’s judgment is specific to detailed aspects of EU law, and
reflects the substantial deference that the
The Court’s opinion clarifies that the TPD does not necessarily preclude a Member State from adopting plain packaging, providing it can show that the measure respects private property, a competitive marketplace, and consumer access to information, and that it complies with domestic, European, and international law.
PMI and Member States participating in the case were seeking clarity on certain provisions of the TPD that appear to disrupt the balance of authority that the EU Treaties establish between the EU and the Member States, and violate the internal market principles upon which the EU was established.
Firestone continued, “The Court has not considered whether plain
packaging is legal or is capable of reducing smoking rates. Those
questions are currently under review by the
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