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Parliamentary questions
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1 August 2017
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003933/2017

The Commission considers smuggling of bulk tobacco a growing and worrying phenomenon. The diversion of bulk tobacco of both EU and non-EU origin to be used for illicit cigarette production or roll-your-own cigarettes has been identified as an increasing problem within the EU and causes losses of excise duties for Member States.

As pointed out in its reply to Written Question E-000713/2017, ‘The Commission adopted a comprehensive strategy to combat the illicit tobacco trade in 2013(1) and has been implementing it in close cooperation with the Member States’.

In addition, to address more specifically the issue of bulk tobacco' smuggling, the Commission is currently carrying out a review of Directive 2011/64 on the excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco(2). One of the issues that the Commission is looking at in that context is whether to extend the excise system to raw tobacco, which is currently exonerated from excise duties.

(1)COM(2013) 324 final of 6 June 2013
(2)Council Directive 2011/64/EU of 21 June 2011 on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco (codification), OJ L 176/24 5.7.2011.

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