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Parliamentary questions
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12 December 2016
E-009343-16
Question for written answer E-009343-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Fabio De Masi (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Conflict of interest between PwC and tobacco industry
 Answer in writing 

The Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety has hired the consulting firms PwC and Everis to conduct an implementation study on ‘track and trace’ solutions in the tobacco industry. It turns out that PwC audits Philip Morris International (PMI). Citizens have already raised their concern over these interlinkages with the Commission.

With regard to the Commission’s response, could it please elaborate on the following:

What type of ‘monitoring’ is going to take place exactly, and what kinds of ‘declarations’ are in place in order to ensure transparency and objectivity, in light of the fact that PwC is a service provider to PMI, the creator of Codentify, i.e. the very system it is meant to assess?

Is the Commission seriously considering Codentify as an option for a ‘track and trace’ system, given its history of deep ties to the tobacco industry?

Given the already bad picture, why does the Commission not play it safe by hiring a company without ties to the tobacco industry?

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