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CEO submits Ombudsman complaint about EU Commission's failure to implement UN tobacco lobby rules

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Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has today submitted a formal complaint to the EU Ombudsman about the European Commission's failure to properly implement UN rules for contacts with tobacco lobbyists. The EU is a signatory to the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which obliges governments to limit interactions with the tobacco industry and ensure the transparency of those interactions that occur. During the last years, European Commission officials have had numerous meetings with tobacco industry lobbyists wanting to influence the EU's Tobacco Products Directive  Many of these meetings were not disclosed online. This includes at least 14 undisclosed meetings involving top Commission officials  from the Secretariat-General and members of Commission President Barroso's cabinet. The European Commission claims its approach is "compatible" with the WHO rules, but the reality is that it is violating its UN obligations.

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Submitted by Gerard Blanc (not verified) on

Il serait souhaitable que votre site soit directement accessible en français. Merci
Le problème des lobbies (lobby's ?) est que l'on sait qu'ils existent mais les identifier et les faire correspondre aux états, entreprises et grandes sociétés qui les utilisent nous permettrait, et vous aussi, de réagir en "boycotant" leurs produits. Cela ne résout pas tout mais c'est un début de réaction.

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CEO submission to the European Ombudsman Consultation on the composition of Commission expert groups
Scientific advice should be transparent, objective and independent, and there should be more science and more diverse expertise available to the European Commission’s President, a coalition of 28 international and national NGOs wrote in a letter addressed to President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker today (1).

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