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EC consults on tobacco excise duties

The European Commission (EC) has opened a public consultation on the revision of Directive 2011/64/EU, which sets out EU rules on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco. EU citizens and stakeholders alike are invited to give their opinions.

Directive 2011/64/EU defines and classifies various manufactured tobacco products according to their characteristics and lays down the relevant minimum rates of excise duty for the different types of products. These rates are reviewed every four years. The EC’s last report, in December 2015, said there could be scope to improve Directive 2011/64/EU in order to reduce the administrative burden for both member states and economic operators and reduce distortions in the internal market. The report was accompanied by a proposal for the revision of the Directive.

The consultation is intended to add to the possible policy options under analysis. It closes on 16 February 2017.

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