Wo: Brussels, Belgium
Veranstalter: Europäische Kommission
On 6 June, the European Commission will adopt a comprehensive package to strengthen the fight against illicit tobacco trade, especially cigarette smuggling. This criminal activity deprives Member States of over €10 billion revenue every year in terms of unpaid taxes and duties. While helping to fund criminal organisations, this problem damages not only national revenues but also threatens legitimate business. Given that smuggling is an international problem with criminal networks operating across borders, a coordinated EU approach is the only effective way to tackle the problem.
The European Commission and Member States have already taken action to curb illegal tobacco trade. In 2011, the Commission presented an Action Plan to tackle smuggling at the EU's Eastern land border to address the problem of excise goods that are mainly smuggled from the EU's Eastern neighbours (IP/11/783, MEMO/11/454). Despite these efforts, the overall illicit trade in tobacco products is increasing. With the EU facing a rising illicit influx of brands coming from outside the EU as well as increased illicit production and distribution inside the EU, a comprehensive approach is necessary to tackle the problem of illicit tobacco trade.
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