THE ANNUAL TASK GROUP CIGARETTES MEETING 2002 IN SEVILLE, SPAIN

Press Release OLAF/01/2002, 13 February 2002

The annual Task Group Cigarettes meeting, organised by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the Spanish Customs Administration, has been held in Seville, Spain from 11 to 13 February 2002. The purpose has been to discuss operational measures undertaken in the last year in the fight against cigarette smuggling into the EU, to make these measures even more effective and to formulate plans for initiatives/actions for the coming year.

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the Spanish Customs administration have organised a meeting of the Task Group Cigarettes to discuss cigarette smuggling in the EU.

This year the annual Task Group Cigarettes meeting was held in Seville, Spain from 11 to 13 February 2002. Participants at this meeting included agents from the Task Group Cigarettes from OLAF and experts in the fight against cigarette smuggling from the relevant services in the Member States.

Since 1995, an annual Task Group Cigarettes meeting has been held at different locations in the European Union

The meeting was held to formulate plans for improving the effectiveness of anti-smuggling actions in the coming year. Means of improving joint co-operation were discussed along with ways to identify more accurately risk areas in cigarette smuggling and to propose ways of combating these risks. The better gathering, exchange and use of intelligence to tackle smuggling was also a priority discussion point.

The meeting cements the strong working relations in this anti-fraud area and encourages the frequent and efficient communication of anti-fraud information.

Mr Alessandro Butticé
Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF)
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.5425
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101

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