Type: Stockshots [short]
End production: 20/11/2007 First transmission: 20/11/2007
On 14/12/2007, the European Commission, 26 participating EU Member States, and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) announce a 15-year agreement to fight against cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting. Through the agreement, JTI will work with the European Commission, its anti-fraud office OLAF, and law enforcement authorities of the Member States to help in the fight against contraband, including the problem of counterfeit cigarettes. This agreement is the fruit of two years of negotiations and includes substantial payments by JTI, totalling USD 400 million over fifteen years.
The European Community and the Member States are losing hundreds of millions of Euros in unpaid taxes from counterfeit cigarettes. In addition, counterfeit and other forms of contraband create a parallel illegal supply chain that invades and compromises legitimate distribution channels and competes unfairly with genuine products distributed through legitimate channels. The Commission will therefore build on existing efforts to combat the illegal trade in cigarettes.
To illustrate this, the EC's av service has produced an infoclip which will illustrate:
- cigarette factory, Switzerland
- Guardia di Finanza and OLAF inspectors, Italy
- customs scan site, Belgium
- cigarette smuggling and subsequent distribution of contraband.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Credits and title
||Tobacco mixing machine and cigarette production, cigarette factory Geneva, Switzerland, 29/10/2007 (8 shots)
||Guardia di Finanza vehicle with OLAF inspectors arriving at the port of Ancona, Italy, 2000 (2 shots)
||OLAF inspectors and the Guardia di Finanza checking the truck (6 shots)
||Departure of a Guardia di Finanza helicopter, pilot (in the helicopter) looking for offshore smuggler's boats, helped by the Guardia di Finanza boats at sea (7 shots)
||Truck being checked through the R-ray, Belgian customs scan site, Port of Antwerp, Belgium, 2007 (11 shots)
||Cigarette smuggling: raid in the United Arab Emirates, November 2007 (14 shots)
Footage shows views of an underground chamber with machine tools used to manufacture cigarettes and a group of inspectors with armed soldiers searching the hiding-place.
||Trucks full of boxes of cartons of cigarettes, destroying the cigarettes by setting them on fire, China, November 2007 (5 shots)