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Parliamentary questions
28 January 2014
E-012454/2013
Answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission

1. Until 31 October 2013 there was a total of 6 261 seizure notices (seizures of more than 50 000 cigarettes) submitted by the Member States in respect of the Agreements with the tobacco manufactures.

2. Total number of cigarettes seized at 30 September 2013 was 4 124 790 795 cigarettes.

3. Out of the total number of seized cigarettes, 3 233 042 315 were counterfeit cigarettes, and 891 748 480 were genuine cigarettes.

4. Neither the Commission nor the Member States have so far made recourse to the possibility to have the seized product analysed by an independent laboratory, as foreseen in the Agreements with the four international tobacco manufacturers.

5. The level of EU resources at risk, in the past, has been used as one indicator to determine the seriousness of fraud. However, in OLAF's new Investigation Policy Priorities this financial indicator has been removed, as an outcome of the discussions in the Budgetary Control Committee.

OJ C 230, 17/07/2014
Last updated: 13 February 2014Legal notice