Ευρωπαϊκή Συνομοσπονδία Λιανοπωλητών Καπνού
Η Ευρωπαϊκή Συνομοσπονδία Λιανοπωλητών Καπνού (ECTR), που ιδρύθηκε το 1970, είναι μια Ευρωπαϊκή Ομάδα Οικονομικού Σκοπού που συγκεντρώνει εθνικές ενώσεις λιανοπωλητών καπνού. Είμαστε μέλος του Μητρώου Διαφάνειας (αριθ. 85326064523-94) σύμφωνα με τον κανονισμό ΕΟΚ 2137/89.
Ο κύριος σκοπός του ECTR είναι να προωθήσει τα συμφέροντα περίπου 150.000 ευρωπαίων εμπόρων λιανικής πώλησης καπνού, επαγγελματίες που υπηρετούν τα κράτη τους και τους πολίτες διασφαλίζοντας τη νομιμότητα του κύκλου πωλήσεων, την αυθεντικότητα και την ποιότητα των ιδιότυπων προϊόντων όπως ο καπνός, υποστηρίζοντας μία συνειδητή κατανάλωση και μόνο από ενήλικες , σύμφωνα με τα εθνικά και ευρωπαϊκά πρότυπα για την υγεία.
Στόχος μας είναι να στηρίξουμε και να προωθήσουμε έναν συνεχή διάλογο με τα θεσμικά όργανα και τους ενδιαφερόμενους, ώστε να διασφαλίσουμε πως οι μικρές οικογενειακές επιχειρήσεις μας θα μπορούν να λειτουργούν μέσα σε ένα σαφές ρυθμιστικό πλαίσιο, το οποίο θα χαρακτηρίζεται από ισορροπία και αναλογικότητα. Υποστηρίζουμε κάθε αναγκαία πρωτοβουλία όσον αφορά την αναγνώριση του ρόλου μας ως μιας νομικής προστασίας απέναντι σε κάθε είδους λαθρεμπορία, παραποίηση / απομίμηση και παράνομη διακίνηση. Υποστηρίζουμε την προώθηση συστημάτων πώλησης που ελέγχονται από το κράτος.
Υποστηρίζουμε την ανάγκη τα προϊόντα καπνού να πωλούνται αποκλειστικά μέσω ελεγχόμενων διαύλων, που λειτουργούν με άδεια ή νόμιμη παραχώρηση.
ITALY : Tobacconists’ demonstration planned for May 8 in Rome
Chairman Risso calls the Italian tobacconists to demonstrate to protest against the economic measures taken by the current government as regards as gambling, taxation and remuneration system. The demonstration will take place on May 8 in Rome. The slogan of the demonstration organised by FIT (Italian Tobacconists’ Federation) is: “SAVE OUR TOBACCONISTS”. In a host of claims, FIT urges the Italian government to carry on providing players with a network of regulated betting shops that recover gambling taxes. Therefore, FIT requests to ensure a fair revenue to the betting shop owners. FIT also requests the government to increase tobacconists ‘revenue on tobacco products and NGP (Next Generation Products), to consider legalising the recreational use of cannabis and make tobacconists the reference cannabis sales network.
Source: Federazione Italiana Tabaccai
FRANCE: A French government call for tender for cash tax payments
According to the Budget Minister, Gérard Darmanin, 50% of the people who go to the treasure-house pay fines or taxes in cash. Therefore, the French Government has called for tender so that networks like the Post Office or the tobacconists can be the place for cash tax payments.
According to the Webhelp report that was presented to the Budget Minister, outsourcing certain public services (user reception, receipt of documents, appointment making, restoration, human resources, finances...) would make it possible to clear 35 billion euros in savings to the State budget.
Source: Confédération des Buralistes
SPAIN: Philip Morris and CTAEX create a mobile phone application to track and trace the tobacco leaf
The new Raw Leaf Tobacco Regulation came into force last summer; it establishes a verification and control system of the tobacco leaf from its cultivation to its delivery to the processing, packaging and marketing industries. Therefore, the tobacco producer Philip Morris and the Centre for agri-food technology based in the Extremadura region have created a mobile phone application that contains all information on the tobacco leaf, from the parcel where it is harvested to the processing centre in order to ensure its traceability.
According to Juan Tallada, the CTAEX Chairman, it is an innovative and pioneering system for the European tobacco sector and the application will be installed on the mobile phones of growers and tobacco carriers during a trial period. The system will be definitively set up in 2020.
Source: Unión de los Estanqueros de España
HUNGARY: the introduction of plain packaging is postponed until 2022
The Hungarian government adopted a law on 13 December 2018 to postpone the entry into force of the tobacco plain packaging until 2022. The plain packaging regulation, which was supposed to take effect in May 2019, requires all tobacco products to be packed in a uniform green cover, the removal of all branding (colours, imagery, corporate logos and trademarks) and the product name to be printed in a regular black font on the package. The recent amendment also gives to the tobacco shops the opportunity to sell their existing stock of “regular” packaged tobacco products once the plain packaging regulation becomes effective. “This is a most welcome change” Antal Lengyel, chairman of the Hungarian Tobacco Retailers Alliance announced. “We prepared a detailed and well-reasoned request to the Government to defer this regulation, because we think Hungarian tobacco retailers are not yet prepared for plain packaging” he added. “The fluctuation and lack of organised training of tobacco shop staff would have caused serious problems if plain packaging had been introduced as planned. We are happy that the Government introduced a change that is in accord with our views.”
AUSTRIA: The Austrian Tobacco retailers have been allowed to sell coffee to go since 1 September.
Customers can drink it on the spot or take it out. In Austria, tobacco shops have the right to sell a limited list of products. Although it is common in many countries, the sale of coffee to go in tobacco shops was forbidden in Austria, until now. According to the WKO (The Austrian Association of Tobacco Retailers) the sale of coffee to go will bring more customers into their retail shops. Not only smokers will come but also people who never walk into a tobacco shop. Moreover, the WKO reminds that in many villages, they are the last shops still operating. This additional product will allow Tobacconists to provide customers with a larger range of products.
THE ECTR’S MEMBERS VISITING THE HUNGARIAN TOBACCONISTS
On 23 November 2018, at the invitation of the Hungarian Alliance of Tobacconists’ Chairman, Antal Lengyel, who is the ECRT’s Chairman as well, the ECRT’s members visited the National exhibition of Hungarian retailers of monopoly goods and attended a conference on the subject. That was a very important event for the whole sector with the participation of many representatives of the Magyar political and institutional world.
The European tobacconists were hosted at the Hungarian Parliament
The ECRT’s members also visited the Hungarian Parliament where they met the Vice-President of Parliament, Istvan Jakab, to speak about issues related to tobacco regulations approved recently. Mr Jakab not only praised the excellent economic results of Hungarian tobacconists, but also the decline in smoking due to the adoption of State Monopoly on the Retail Sale of Tobacco.
The Plain Tobacco Packaging Measure is not convincing
On the occasion of the conference organised by the Hungarian Alliance of Tobacconists, it is increasingly recognized that the plain tobacco packaging has no effect on smoking prevalence, as evidenced by the French experience.
Following tough oppositions between the Hungarian Authority and representatives of the Magyar Alliance of Tobacconists supported by the CEDT, the Orban government decided to postpone the introduction of the plain tobacco packaging until 2022 while scheduled on May 2019.
Vice-President (third from right), Magyar Alliance of Tobacconists’ Chairman Antal Lengyel (second from right) with the ECTR’s members.
The exclusive sales of products different from traditional cigarettes are needed
Five years after the introduction of State Monopoly on the Retail Sale of Tobacco, Hungary is the most recent proof that this type of sale guarantees a better quality control and young smoking prevention.
Therefore, it appears urgent to adopt the same measures as those in place for tobacco products to face possible illegal sales of new smoking products different from traditional cigarettes.
THE ECTR'S ELECTIONS: A NEW PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE BODY
On 6 February at the ECTR's headquarters in Brussels, the members meeting in a General Assembly elected a new Chairman and executive body.
from left to right: Philippe Coy Vice-Chairman (France), Mario Espejo Aguilar Member (Spain), Theodoros Mallios Member (Greece), Peter Schweinschwaller Chairman (Austria), Giovanni Risso Secretary-General (Italy), Antal Lengyel Treasurer (Hungary)
Peter Schweinschwaller (Austria) was elected Chairman, Philippe Coy (France) Vice-Chairman, Giovanni Risso (Italy) Secretary General and Antal Lengyel (Hungary) Treasurer.
Peter Schweinschwaller, representative of Austrian tobacco retailers, wants to highlight and promote the social and economic role of this convenience store network to the European institutions. Its 150,000 points of sale welcome 40% of the European population. Moreover, he is looking forward to further expanding its membership by recruiting other European tobacco retailers ' associations whose interests converge with those of the current members. He aims to strengthen contacts within the tobacco sector to better fight against illegal trafficking.
from left to right: Philippe Coy, Vice-Chairman and Peter Schweinschwaller, Chairman of the ECTR.
As part of his first missions, Chairman Peter Schweinschwaller and his team will develop a common position on products treated as tobacco, thanks to constant exchanges with relevant stakeholders: ECTR's members, institutional actors and tobacco sector operators. In addition, Peter Schweinschwaller considers that these daily meetings with European citizens and a better knowledge of this sales network based on a system of authorisations and licenses, controlled by Regulatory Authorities punctually, are a major asset for effective communication on public health issues.
from left to right: Ernst Koresta, Vice-Chairman of Austrian Tobacco Monopoly Administration, Prirschl Josef, WKO Chairman.
A ECTR MEETING IN ATHENS TO ANTICIPATE MARKET TRENDS
On 19 June 2018, the members of the European Confederation of Tobacco Retailers met in Athens to talk over the sector's priorities and anticipate market trends.
After a warm welcome, the Chairman of the Greek Federation of Kiosks Mr. Theodoros Mallios explained that in Greece most tobacco products are sold in kiosks. However, the number of kiosks has gone down from 12,000 to just over 6,000 outlets since 2010. A sharp decline not only due to the crisis but also to an unprecedented increase in tobacco taxation. In order to cope with the unfavourable economic context, Greek kiosks had to structurally transform their retail outlets while keeping their unique character of driving spirit of their neighbourhoods.
Moreover, the manager of the Austrian Monopoly Mr. Hannes Höfer, who was invited by the ECTR’s members to attend their meeting, took the opportunity to announce his intention to develop regular exchanges with the supervisory authorities of the countries of the ECTR’s members.
The traceability system, required by the last EU Tobacco Directive, was a major topic of the meeting. According to ECTR’s Members, the new provisions for traceability pose relevant challenges for their implementation, especially in Spain and Austria.
On the other hand, the ECTR’s members recognize that Tobacco track and trace system is a key instrument in the fight against cigarettes smuggling. Nevertheless, they hope it will not bring additional costs to the tobacco retailers.
About the ongoing debate of the legalization of the cannabis, i.e. CBD, the ECTR’s members see that there are huge differences between States in legal and trading approaches. They reckon this product requires a European regulation to allow States to control it to the final consumer.
Theodoros Mallios, chairman of the Greek Federation of Kiosks.
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