NEGOTIATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOL ON ILLICIT TRADE IN TOBACCO PRODUCTS PUT ON TRACK
OLAF /07/09 Brussels, 6 July 2007
At the end of a week long session in Bangkok, Thailand, the Conference of the
Parties to the World Health Organization
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,
today adopted a decision to start negotiations
to elaborate a protocol on illicit trade
in tobacco products. The European Anti-Fraud
Office (OLAF) welcomes this important step
which will facilitate its investigative
and operational activities in the fight
against cigarette smuggling.
OLAF believes that this landmark decision
represents a significant step forward in
the international fight against the illicit
trade in tobacco products. It will contribute
to further facilitate the investigative
and operational activities of OLAF and
its operational partners in the EU Member
States. The illicit trade in tobacco products
seriously impacts on the budget of the
European Community and the Member States
of the European Union.
OLAF confirms that it will continue to fully support the elaboration of the protocol
on illicit trade and will participate in
negotiating body, which has been established
to negotiate and draft a protocol on illicit
trade in tobacco products.
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
is the first global health treaty negotiated
under the auspices of the World Health
Organization (WHO). It was developed in
response to the globalization of the tobacco
epidemic and does not only cover health
aspects but also addresses the international
problem of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes.
The Convention entered into force on 27
February 2005. Currently there are 148
Parties to this Convention.