In December 2013, a proposal for the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in the European Union was agreed between the European Commission, Parliament and Council. The proposal will be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2014. Once adopted, member states will have two years to transpose the new directive into national law.
Philip Morris International Inc.’s (PMI) EU Region President Drago Azinovic made the following comment regarding the agreement for the revision of the TPD:
“The EU has ignored its own standards for proportionate, evidenced-based policymaking during the five years that the Tobacco Products Directive has been under consideration.
“Discussions in Council and the European Parliament might have marginally amended the original text, but the EU’s failure to do its homework will be a gift for the criminals profiting from the black market in tobacco, and a blow to the hundreds of thousands of people working in the legal industry and member state governments now faced with filling budget gaps.
“Instead of further harmonizing the internal market, a stated objective of the Directive, measures in the TPD will further erode property rights that the EU Charter protects. This sends a worrying signal to other sectors of the economy that depend on legal certainty and a rigorous defense of intellectual property rights.”
Throughout the revision process, PMI has pointed out that these measures deserved close consideration by decision makers. The documents here, which have all been submitted to the EU institutions to help inform decision making, provide some of the evidence to support our views. In addition, below are links to the statements PMI has made on this Directive.