On Thursday, the European Parliament's plenary discussed an agreement with Philip Morris to combat tobacco smuggling
Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD, IT) reminded the house that this agreement is about smuggling of cigarettes by cigarette producers. Billions of euros are at play. PMI has tried to interfere politically in the EU and Member States, he added, noting the postponement of the publication of the PMI agreement. The Commission is spending money against fighting money smuggling and citizens do not know where the money has gone. He noted that, in Italy, PMI is investing in factories, worked with the Prime Minister and got discounts of 50% excise duty to enter its new products on the market. PMI has been promised it will be able to use its new identification system before the implementation of the Tobacco Product Directive and the ratification of the WHO Convention. The message seems to be: “Thank you for smoking”.