Tobacco directive: - extracts from the press conference by Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK)

Type: News   Reference: 94632   Duration: 00:02:48  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 08/10/2013   First transmission: 08/10/2013
European Parliament achieve a victory against the tobacco lobby. A draft law to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was passed by Parliament on Tuesday. All packs should carry a health warning covering 65% of their surface. Fruit, menthol flavours and small packs should be banned, and electronic cigarettes should be regulated but as medicinal products only if they claim curative or preventive properties, says the approved text.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP in Strasbourg with demonstrators against 'vapoteur' (e-cigarette) 00:00:05
00:00:10 Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK) entering the press room, applause 00:00:11
00:00:21 SOUNDBITE (English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK) What we did get was a good base for negotiations with the Council. The worth thing did not go trough. What was for me the worth thing? Was the total delay , no law on the Parliament. We now have got mandate, we will negotiate with the Council, you hear the Commission and the Council. Really bad was the 50% warning on the bottom of the back. But the big demand of the tobacco industry was defeated. 00:00:25
00:00:46 SOUNDBITE (English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK) At the moment the pictures warning aren't mandatory, they are optional for governments , and only on the back of pack. Now the new warning is 65%, on the top of the pack . This for me was extremely important as well. That they are going on the top of the pack , so when they are displayed you can see the warnings, not at the bottom, again, as the tobacco industry lobbied yesterday very hard to get it move to the bottom, so you cant' see them in the shops. 00:00:27
00:01:13 SOUNDBITE (English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK) I would prefer a total ban on slim cigarettes, this didn't happen. But on repackaging law, this means that the lipstick packages will disappear. They will not be allowed anymore because the packages have to be at a certain standard size. On flavouring, yes I would preferred all flavouring immediately taken off the market, from the day of adoption in the national laws. Parliament voted for a phase out of main fall, is longer than the Council phase out proposals, but menthol is going. The days of flavours cigarettes are numbered in Europe. 00:00:40
00:01:53 SOUNDBITE (English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK) All MEPs agreed that e-cigarettes can not be unregulated on the market , the question is how they should be regulated. I'm sure there is a base for a compromise. 00:00:09
00:02:02 SOUNDBITE (English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK) The ministers, by a very large majority almost one of two governments express theyir reservations, but they want them regulated as medicines. My own government wanted them regulated as medicines. Obviously the Parliament got position which is the opposite of that , in the sense is that is to be NOT medicines, but at the same time there are some common elements which are that there should be regulatory framework , so I think we have to start dialogue. Its difficult for me to put dates, what my colleagues will accept, what the governments will accept , but we will star those negotiations quite soon. 00:00:35
00:02:37 End of the press conference 00:00:11
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