High Level Conference on Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products
Following the very successful Leuven and Bratislava Conferences, SFP is organising a High Level Conference on illicit tobacco trade in Brussels. The Conference will discuss the latest state of affairs regarding the adoption of the standards for an EU tracking and tracing system for tobacco products and how the future of the EU system will have a global impact; its impact on the ratification of the Illicit Trade Protocol and promote international cooperation. The conference will bring together eminent guests from the World Bank, the FCTC Secretariat, the European Commission, ministries of health and customs authorities from the Member States, Members of the European Parliament, international tobacco control experts and NGOS.
Objective of the Event:
• Discuss the latest state of affairs regarding the implementation of the EU tracking and tracing system for tobacco products
• Discuss how the future EU tracking and tracing system will have a global impact; its impact on the ratification of the Illicit Trade Protocol
• Understand illicit tobacco demand, supply and the role of international organised crime, and at the same time promote effective action on illicit trade in tobacco and international cooperation
A report will be produced summarising the key lessons learned, outcomes of discussions and a summary of support resources available to countries.
Regarding implementation of FCTC Art. 15 at EU level, the European Commission is currently preparing the implementing and delegated acts foreseen under Articles 15(11), 15(12) and 16(2) of the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU on an EU system for tobacco traceability and security features. In this regard, the Commission is also receiving assistance from an independent contractor who is analysing the responses of the Public Consultation that the EC had launched. The Consultation gave an option for a tracking and tracing system controlled by the tobacco industry, which is in conflict with the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (ITP) ratified by the EU on 24 June 2016. Articles 8.2, 8.12 and 8.13 of the Protocol clearly define that the obligations of the tracking and tracing system shall not be delegated to the tobacco industry and their involvement should be only to a strictly necessary extent.
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