Illicit Trade



ENSP advocates and promotes the ratification of, accession to and use of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by all Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control[1] (WHO FCTC) and its early entry into force through the active involvement of all relevant stakeholders.

Consequently, ENSP calls on all European countries to give priority to tobacco control and fulfil their obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) by recognizing that the illicit tobacco trade not only exacerbates the global tobacco epidemic and its related health consequences, but that it has security implications through financing organized crime, including drugs, human and arms trafficking, as well as terrorism.

The FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

Read the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the WHO FCTC concern the commitment of Parties to eliminate all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products. One of the main provisions of the FCTC Protocol on Illicit Trade is the tracking and tracing system of tobacco products, from their place of manufacture to the point of sale. The protocol states that the registration of products should be operated in the production unit by an independent company and that the traceability of the course as well as the storage and the maintenance should be secured independently. All costs should, however, be assumed by the tobacco industry.

European Commission Public Consultation on tracking and tracing

The European Commission has recently released a Public Consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco. The Consultation intends to gather the views of EU citizens and stakeholders on a set of possible options for the revision of Directive 2011/64/EU.

ENSP will support our members and partners to prepare answers to the Consultation, if requested. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any inquiries.

Please find more information on: https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/consultations-get-involved/tax-consultations/public-consultation-excise-duties-applied-manufactured-tobacco_en

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Submitted by: Andrea Glahn, 8 October 2016