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Public Health (08-12-2016)

Tobacco: Commission urges Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden to notify transposition of the Directive on tobacco products sold in the EU

Today, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden to notify full transposition of the Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU). This Directive aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for tobacco and related products, while ensuring a high level of health protection for European citizens. The Directive sets out that its provisions should have been transposed into national law by 20 May 2016.

To date, Sweden has notified the Commission of a partial transposition of the Directive, while there has been no notification of transposition from Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Slovenia or Spain. The Member State has two months to inform the Commission of the measures taken to remedy the situation; otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer these cases to the Court of Justice of the EU.