After weeks of intense debates, pressure from the public health community and the resignation of the Health Commissioner, the European Commission has adopted its proposal to revise the Tobacco Product Directive. It is now for adoption/revision by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. It is expected to be adopted in 2014, before the end of the Parliament term.
The Tobacco Product Directive will rule how tobacco products can be manufactured, presented and sold.
In the proposed Tobacco Product Directive, the European Commission has proposed to:
The Tobacco Product Directive revision was long over-due. Dating from 2001, it was outdated and didn’t take into account the regulatory, scientific and marketing developments that have taken place over the last decade.
“Today’s release is only the beginning. Now that the revised Tobacco Directive has entered into the co-decision (4) process, the ball is in the European Parliament and the European Council’s court. The current parliamentary term comes to an end in June 2014. If these institutions do not make sure that a people-centred Directive is approved by then, the new Parliament and next College of Commissioners will find themselves back at square one.
We are hopeful there is enough political will to complete the process next year and to go even further than this proposal, joining Australia and other countries in introducing mandatory plain packaging across the EU," according to Ms Kosińska.
EPHA will monitor progress made on the adoption of the Directive and will support Members of the European Parliament and Health ministers for a smooth adoption of a strong and more stringent Directive to protect millions of people. “Today Mr Borg kept his word that the release of the revised TPD would be one of his priorities when taking up the Health and Consumer portfolio. This long-delayed revision is a leap forwards towards better health protection of hundreds of millions of people in Europe. I hope this is a watershed moment for the relationship between the Commission and the tobacco industry, and indicates a move towards greater transparency,“ said Monika Kosińska, Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance