About this consultation

Consultation period
23 May 2018 - 3 September 2018
Public health, Taxation

Consultation outcome

The consultation period is over. The public consultation received 11410 replies. Some of the respondents have chosen to also upload a position paper to further explain their views. A total of 200 position papers have been received.

You can access the statistical report, the raw data as well as the position papers here.

Target group

Individual citizens, economic operators, business organisations, non-government organisations, advisory bodies and public administrations interested in the evolution of Council Directive 2011/64/EU are welcome to contribute to this consultation. 

Objective of the consultation

This consultation is intended to gather the views of stakeholders on the current tobacco taxation in the EU, as well as on novel products (e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products) and appropriate options for a possible revision of Council Directive 2011/64/EU.

The Directive sets out EU rules on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco. In particular, it defines and classifies various tobacco products according to their characteristics and lays down the relevant minimum rates and structure of excise duty. The purpose of the Directive is to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market and a high level of health protection. 

The answers you provide as part of the consultation will form an important part of the Commission’s analysis and future proposals. In this way, this is your chance to contribute to policy making.

The Commission will consult national tax authorities, experts and other key stakeholders separately. Nevertheless, if you represent any of these categories, you are still welcome to contribute to this public consultation.

How to submit your response

You can reply to the questionnaire by clicking on the box 'Answer the questionnaire', below.

Answer the questionnaire

The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. The online questionnaire is accessible in all official EU languages (except Irish) and replies may be submitted in any EU language.

Some questions require expert knowledge and you are welcome to answer only some of the questions included. At the end of the questionnaire, you will have the possibility to upload a document/position paper.

Once you have submitted your answers, you can download a copy of your completed responses. Should you have a problem completing this questionnaire or if you require particular assistance, please contact: taxud-unit-c2@ec.europa.eu

Protection of personal data and privacy statement

The policy on "protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions" is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000.

Please, note that regardless the option chosen, your contribution may be subject to a request for access to documents under Regulation 1049/2001 on public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents. In this case, the request will be assessed against the conditions set out in the Regulation and in accordance with applicable data protection rules.