APRIL 20, 1998
Tobacco in Europe - the fight goes on
The Legal Affairs Committee - which is made up of members of the European Parliament - voted 12 to 7 against the ban, declaring it to be illegal. Tobacco lobbyists immediately asked that the legislation be withdrawn.
The committee concluded that the Commission had used the single European market as a reason to introduce the legislation but was not treating all media on an equal basis. We understand that the opposition to the bill came from German Euro-MPs who are against the ban.
The European Commission argues that this is a technicality which will not stop the legislation being voted through when it comes before the European Parliament in May. Even if the European Parliament vote is successful the findings of the LegalÊAffairsÊCommittee will be significant if there is legal action after the law is voted through - which is virtually certain to be the case.