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Parliamentary questions
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4 March 2020
E-001325/2020/rev.1
Question for written answer  E-001325/2020/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Manuel Bompard (GUE/NGL)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: The EU’s position in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control working group

A growing number of civil society voices (Smoke Free Partnership in December 2017, Framework Convention Alliance in August 2019, the National Anti-smoking Committee in November 2019, the University of Bath in August 2019) have denounced the non-conformity of the European Tobacco Products Traceability System, applied since May 2019, with the World Health Organisation’s Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, which entered into force on 25 September 2018.

It was in this context that the first meeting of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control working group on the technical specifications of tobacco traceability systems pursuant to the protocol was held on 25, 26 and 27 November 2019 in Panama, at which the European Union was represented by the deputy director of Unit B2 in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety.

The new Commission had not yet then been approved. What method was used to appoint these officials, who have been dealing with tobacco for many years? Who approved the positions they advocated in this working group, and on whose behalf were they speaking, given that the European system is controversial? When will Parliament be involved in this work?

Original language of question: FR
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