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Parliamentary questions
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27 October 2015
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-012676/2015

Article 15 of the new Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)(1) explicitly foresees a mandatory track and trace systems for tobacco products in the EU. This system has to be operational as of 20 May 2019 for cigarettes and roll-your-own products and as of 20 May 2024 for all other tobacco products. The Commission is currently preparing the required implementing legislation. In line with the indicative timetable, published by the Commission, it is envisaged that the legal acts are adopted by mid-2017, which will leave almost two years for the implementation in practice.

The Commission is aware of the existing systems to address illicit trade (including Codentify developed by the tobacco industry to comply with their obligations under the four anti-fraud agreements concluded by the Commission, on behalf of the EU, as well as Member States).

It is premature at this stage to indicate the technical solutions of the track and trace system to be developed under the TPD.

(1)Directive 2014/40/EU of 3.4.2014, OJ L 127, 29.4.2014, p. 1.

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