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
Tel : +32 (0)2 296.5425
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101