EU refuses Belgium to outlaw menthol cigarettesFriday, 15 June 2018 08:04
The Minister of Public Health prepared a royal decree draft, transposing the European directive into Belgian law, but without taking into consideration the exemption granted to menthol tobacco. “Protection of health, especially for young people, justifies the application of this measure at the earliest,’’ believes Mrs. De Block.
Unexpectedly, the European Commission still sent the Belgian government a warning, threatening to take things to the EU Court of Justice should it not change its mind. European administration reminds that the directive text indicates that the banning of flavored tobacco “should extend over a long period to allow consumers enough time to switch to other products.’’
The European Commission now expects information on Belgium’s intentions, but the De Block cabinet confirms its determination to ban menthol before the European 2020 deadline, all while examining the Commission’s warning.
European Administration’s procedure has already delayed the law’s adoption by six months.
The Brussels Times
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