Parliamentary questions
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28 June 2016
Question for oral answer O-000100/2016
to the Commission
Rule 128
Gilles Pargneaux, Robert Rochefort, Bart Staes, Frédérique Ries, Romana Tomc, Karin Kadenbach, Philippe Juvin, Valentinas Mazuronis, Miroslav Mikolášik, Françoise Grossetête, Lynn Boylan, Tanja Fajon, Michèle Rivasi, Louis-Joseph Manscour, Piernicola Pedicini, Marco Valli, Isabella Adinolfi, Marco Affronte, Laura Agea, Daniela Aiuto, Tiziana Beghin, David Borrelli, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Ignazio Corrao, Rosa D'Amato, Eleonora Evi, Laura Ferrara, Dario Tamburrano, Marco Zanni, Marco Zullo, Rolandas Paksas, José Bové, Alojz Peterle, Linda McAvan, Benedek Jávor, Nicola Caputo, Marc Tarabella, Pervenche Berès, Dennis de Jong, Igor Šoltes

 Subject: Cooperation agreement with Philip Morris International (PMI)

The Philip Morris International (PMI) agreement is set to expire on 9 July 2016.

On 9 March 2016, Parliament adopted a resolution asking the Commission not to renew, extend or renegotiate it beyond its current date of expiry.

We expressed the belief that the renewal of the PMI agreement would send a damaging and counterproductive message to third countries that the EU engages in inappropriate interactions with the tobacco industry, undermining its reputation as a global leader on tobacco control.

On 20 May 2016, the Tobacco Products Directive, which provides for a legal requirement for tobacco companies to introduce a track-and-trace system and to ensure its independence and transparency, entered into force in all EU Member States.

On 7 June 2016, Parliament gave its consent to ratify the World Health Organisation (WHO) Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (FCTC Protocol). On 17 June 2016, the Member States followed suit in the Council and formally adopted the two decisions allowing the EU’s instruments of ratification to be deposited at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Cooperation agreements with the tobacco industry on fighting illicit trade go against Article 8(12) of the FCTC Protocol, which specifies that ‘obligations assigned to a Party shall not be performed by or delegated to the tobacco industry’.

Given these developments, does the Commission intend to renew, extend or renegotiate the PMI agreement set to expire on 9 July 2016?

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