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Philip Morris Seeks Review Of EU's Tobacco Products Directive

Fri, 27th Jun 2014 10:23


NEW YORK CITY (Alliance News) - Philip Morris International Inc. reported that its subsidiaries filed papers seeking review of the EU's Tobacco Products Directive by the Court of Justice of the EU. The company believes that the EU's Tobacco Products Directive disrupts the balance that the EU treaties establish between the Union and the Member States.

"The Directive claims to improve the internal market in tobacco products, but its provisions go in the opposite direction. The Directive includes a mix of product bans, mandates, and delegations of authority that raise serious questions under the EU Treaties about consumer choice, the free movement of goods, and competition," Marc Firestone, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Philip Morris International, said.

The review process is expected to take up to two to three years, Philip Morris noted.

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