Confédération Européenne des Détaillants en Tabac

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The European Confederation of Tobacco Retailers (CEDT), founded in 1970, is a European Economic Interest Group that brings together national associations of tobacco retailers. We are part of the Transparency Register (n° 85326064523-94) in compliance with EEC 2137/89 Regulation.

The main purpose of CEDT is to promote the interests of almost 150,000 European tobacco retailers, professional figures serving their States and the citizens by ensuring the legality of the sales circuit, the authenticity and quality of peculiar products such as tobacco, supporting an adult and conscious consumption only, in line with national and European standards for health.

Our goal is to support and promote a continuous dialogue with Institutions and stakeholders to ensure that our small family enterprises can operate within a clear regulatory framework, marked by balance and proportionality. We support any necessary initiative concerning the recognition of our role as a legal defense against any kind of smuggling, counterfeiting and illegal trafficking. We support the promotion of sale systems controlled by the state.

We support the need for tobacco products to be sold exclusively through controlled channels, operating with a license or a concession.

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    • 2020/02/26share:

      ITALY: THE FINANCIAL POLICE OF NAPLES UNCOVERED THREE ILLEGAL CIGARETTE PLANTS

      On February 20, the Financial Police of Naples (Guardia di Finanza) uncovered three clandestine cigarette factories located in the Naples area and seized 4 tonnes of counterfeit cigarettes ready to be put on the market. Moreover, eight Moldavian citizens caught in the act inside the factory buildings were arrested.

      The Neapolitan Financial Police had been observing unusual working activities for a while inside a disused industrial facility that remained operating even by night. When entering the factory, they discovered a real tobacco production plant with machinery functioning perfectly. Started from bulk tobacco, they assembled and packed the cigarettes. Then they packaged them in boxes of 50 cartons.

      The Neapolitan Financial Police also identified two other production sites close to Naples, which constituted a single production chain. In Somma Vesuviana, in addition to machinery, they seized 7 fine-cut tobacco tons and in Saviano they found a huge quantity of tools and wrapping paper to pack cigarettes. The production capacity of the entire supply chain has been estimated at least 3.5 tonnes of cigarettes a day. The seizure of 39 machineries and illegal tobacco products amounts 12 million euros.

      A video is available on the Guardia di Finanza website pasting the following link:
      http://www.gdf.gov.it/stampa/ultime-notizie/anno-2020/febbraio/sequestrate-3-fabbriche-clandestine-di-sigarette-12-tonnellate-di-tabacco-trinciato-e-4-tonnellate-di-sigarette-contraffatte.-arrestati-8-responsabil

    • 2020/02/21share:

      SPAIN: SIX WORKERS RESCUED FROM UNDERGROUND CIGARETTE FACTORY

      Spanish police (Civil Gard) rescued six workers who were left trapped in a counterfeit cigarette factory located in a bunker four metres underground in the Malaga area. When Spanish officers entered the clandestine factory, they found six Ukrainian workers inside who were having serious difficulties breathing because the generator that was used to pump air into the bunker had run out of gas. The factory was capable of producing more than 3,500 cigarettes an hour and the manufacturing complex was fitted with living quarters and beds. Police arrested 20 people suspected of running the operation but none of them mentioned that six Ukrainian workers were still locked inside it. Among those arrested was a 30-year-old British citizen. Europol said the workers had been forced to work in extremely dangerous and toxic conditions and were not allowed to leave the facility on their own. It suspects the criminal group distributed the cigarettes on the European black market. As part of the operation, police seized 153,000 packs of cigarettes as well as a quantity of cannabis resin and marijuana. According to both Europol and Spanish Civil Gard it was the first underground counterfeit cigarette factory discovered in the European Union. More information in the following press releases: Four metres underground illegal cigarette factory uncovered in bunke in pain and  La Guardia Civil desmantela la primera fábrica clandestina de tabaco "underground" de Europa

    • 2019/12/31share:

      BELGIUM : PLAIN CIGARETTE PACKAGING AS FROM 1ST JANUARY 2020

      Belgium decided to standardise, by way of a royal decree published in the Moniteur belge/Belgisch Staatsblad on 17 May 2019, the presentation of the packaging of cigarettes, rolling tobacco and water pipe tobacco and to introduce plain packaging. The royal decree will enter into force on 1st January 2020 and provides that the packaging of all tobacco products must have a standard colour, Pantone 448 C, a drab dark brown. The brand name is demoted to a mere trade name and may not appear more than once on the packaging. Therefore, Prodipresse that represents tobacco retailers in Belgium organised a set of training sessions in last September to prepare them for the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products.

       

       

    • 2019/12/31share:

      HUNGARY : LAWMAKERS RESTRICT SALES OF E-CIGS TO STATE-RUN SHOPS

      The Hungarian Parliament approved on December 3 legislation limiting the sale of electronic cigarettes and e-cigarette cartridges to the state-run network of tobacco shops. The legislation reduces the excise tax on e-cigarette liquid from € 0,16 to € 0,06 per milliliter, closer to levels in neighbouring countries to reduce illegal imports. It also introduces a € 0,05-per-kilogram excise tax on smokeless tobacco products and "smoking substitutes containing nicotine". The law will reduce the number of tobacco shops in the country by raising the population threshold per shop from 3,000 to 4,000.

    • 2019/12/30share:

      FRANCE : BUYERS OF ILLEGAL CIGARETTES NOW FACE A 135 EURO-FINE

      In France, customers who buy on the fly illegal cigarettes to street hawkers face a 135 euro-fine. The offenders should be fined quickly, as the measure came into effect on December 20. Moreover, such a regulation - adopted to better fight against smuggling phenomenon - is expected by the police forces in districts highly affected by the traffic, especially Barbès in Paris and downtown Marseille. The French government wants to fight a traffic that leads to violence and insecurity, encourages youth smoking for minors are offered cigarettes on the street and harms French tobacconists.

    • 2019/11/26share:

      FRANCE : TOBACCONISTS BIG WINNERS OF THE PRIVATIZATION OF FDJ

      The Francaise des Jeux officially went public on 21 November. More than half a million French people participated in the subscription of shares of the Francaise des Jeux (FDJ). A wining operation for the French state, which will garner nearly two billion euros and will retain 20% of the capital operator. However, the biggest beneficiaries of the privatization of the company are the French tobacconists. Not only has the government offered them preferential share purchase terms, up to 5% of the capital (against 2% previously) but the FDJ has also conceded a 20% increase in their commission on bets. A man at the origin of this masterstroke is Philippe Coy, elected late 2017 at the head of the Confederation of tobacconists. As cigarettes provide them with an average of 70% of their income – up to 90% in rural areas – or nearly 1.5 billion euros a year, Philippe Coy wants to make the tobacconists less dependent on tobacco reducing to 50% the tobacco share in the tobacconists’ turnover. As the FDJ provides between 30% and 40% of their incomes, the tobacconists hope to be healthy again on the game business.

      Source : Confédération des Buralistes de France

    • 2019/08/27share:

      GERMANY : THE CEDT IS PARTNER OF INTERTABAC

      This year, the CEDT is partner of the INTERTABAC exhibition that will take place in Dortmund from 20 to 22 september. The CEDT will give a lecture in english on the tobacco retailers network in Europe on Saturday 21 septembre at 4 p.m. After a brief introduction about the CEDT missions, representatives from different European tobacconists associations will report about the current situation in their home markets. For more information on the event click on :

      INTERTABAC CEDT LECTURE PROGRAMME

       

    • 2019/07/24share:

      Italy: Italian and Austrian Monopoly Administration met in Rome

      The Manager of the Customs and Monopoly Agency, Benedetto Mineo, welcomed on 23 July the General Manager of the Austrian Tobacco Monopoly Agency Hannes Hofer and his Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ernst Koreska, at the Agency's headquarters at Piazza Mastai in Rome. The meeting was part of the institutional relationships between the European administrations responsible for regulating tobacco products. Among the topics discussed, distributing and selling tobacco products in both countries were a key part of the discussions. Moreover, the emphasis was placed on comparing the rules of location and implementation of tobacco shops, the types of products concerned and the ban on sales to minors.

      Source: FIT - Italian Federation of Tobacconists

    • 2019/07/04share:

      Hungary: Bill would limit e-cigarette sales to state-run tobacco shops

      A bill submitted to Parliament early in June by an MP of governing Fidesz would limit sales of electronic cigarettes and e-cigarette cartridges to the state-run network of tobacco shops, Hungarian news agency MTI reports. The bill would reduce the excise tax on e-cigarette cartridges from HUF 55 to HUF 20 per millilitre (from 0.16 euros to 0.06 euros), but apply the tax uniformly to nicotine-free e-cigarette cartridges. The bill would also reduce the number of tobacco shops in the country by raising the population threshold per shop from 3,000 to 4,000. The bill was submitted by János Lázár, the prime minister’s commissioner for the defence of non-smokers.

      Source: Budapest Business Journal

       

    • 2019/07/03share:

      Greece: kiosks renters can pay cash tobacco products up to 500 euros

      A government amendment published on 3 April brought significant changes related to the payment conditions for tobacco products granted to the tobacconists. As part of the negotiations between the government and the various professional associations, the Greek Federation of Kiosks Renters, which has earned a high recognition as the second largest trade union of tobacconists in Greece, managed to obtain significant changes, thus avoiding serious impacts on the work of kiosk managers. Besides, most of its requests have been granted. In fact, all tobacconists can still pay in cash up to 500 euros their delivery of tobacco products. In addition, they no longer need to present a criminal record to wholesalers to purchase tobacco products. In addition, they can pay their tobacco products invoice in several instalments, but in a single currency. However, tobacco products invoices cannot contain any non-tobacco items. Some current account issues have not yet been resolved and will be subject to further changes.

      Source: Greek Federation of Kiosks Renters

    • 2019/06/20share:

      Austria: Radio Trafik - Tobacconists go on air!

      RadioTrafik is a modern radio specially designed for Austrian tobacconists and available only in their outlets, with targeted advertising. RadioTrafik is free since is funded by the advertising revenue. The radio broadcasts General news in real time and issues forecast weather. RadioTrafik's ads target customers directly at the tobacco shops by informing them on the products available at the tobacconists’, such as tobacco products, lotteries, sports betting, newspapers, e-loading, etc. Out of hours, the radio informs on the Trade Union and professional news, the services, and broadcasts news to the "trafiken" and their employees.  And then, with Easy-Pop-Music, RadioTrafik creates a pleasant atmosphere of well-being in the tobacco shops. RadioTrafik has the technical ability to target tobacconists directly with tailor-made information - both regionally (for example, news from the national committees) and a cluster. Currently RadioTrafik can be heard all day at about 260 tobacconists and should be available at 500 tobacconists’ by the end of 2019. For further information, click on www.radiotrafik.at

      Source: WKO - Austrian Association for tobacconists

    • 2019/06/20share:

      Italy : outlawed the sale of cannabis light

      The Italian Court of Cassation has just declared illegal the sale of light cannabis products such as leaves, inflorescences, oils and resin, through the cultivation of cannabis sativa L., because the sale does not fall under the law. not. 242 of 2016. Therefore, the sale of these derivatives includes the transfer of products, the sale, and the marketing to the general public of narcotics that the Italian law punishes with a prison sentence, unless these products are devoid of drug effects. This sentence seriously questions the legitimacy of more than 2,000 specialised shops. FIT reminded its members not to market such products, at least until the publication of the reasons for the award.

      Source : FIT - Italian Tobacconists Federation

    • 2019/06/20share:

      France : Big tobacco must pay clean-up fee for cigarette butts

      It has been confirmed that the tobacco industry will have to create an EPR (extended producer responsibility) network, eventually providing funding for the collection, sorting and recycling of cigarette butts. This is part of the draft law on the Circular Economy of the Secretary of State for Ecology, Brune Poirson.

      Source: Confédération Nationale des Buralistes

    • 2019/05/05share:

      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 

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      • 2020/03/27share:

        CANNABIS: GROWING PROSPERITY, REGULATION TO BE MADE

        For many years, there has been a worldwide growing interest in the use of cannabis for therapeutic or recreational purposes. Although the European Parliament approved the resolution on the medical use of cannabis in 2019, clear regulations on recreational cannabis are becoming essential.

        Recreational cannabis was not always regarded as an illicit product for its consumption was widespread throughout the world in the 19th century. It was at the beginning of the 20th century that cannabis started to be seen as a drug and the first prohibition laws on consumption date back to the 1930s. In 1961, the United Nations ratified the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs authorising the production and use of narcotic drugs only for medical or scientific purposes. Thus, cannabis even with very low THC levels has been reduced to the generic concept of a mere narcotic.

        Even though some countries have decriminalized or legalized the use of recreational cannabis, such as Uruguay, Canada and some US States, this sensitive product is still largely banned. Therefore, its sale in the hands of clandestine networks or spontaneous shops that take advantage of the "confusion" on the product profile does not provide health guarantees, protect consumers and generate tax revenue to States. Consequently, its growing popularity requires filling this legal loophole through a regulation to control the sector from production to distribution and up to the final consumer.

        According to our organization with representatives from eight European countries, there are big differences between States in the legal and trade approach to this product.

        We believe it essential that consumers be well informed about the different forms of the product and its derivatives (marijuana, hashish, resin, oil, etc.) as well as the range of its uses (industrial, therapeutic, well-being and recreational).

        In addition, the THC and CBD levels contained in the cannabis plant makes the product risky to consumer health, thus classifying it among the sensitive products, such as tobacco for example.

        Furthermore, our 160,000 tobacco retailers in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary and Italy are responsible individuals having necessary experience and appropriate technological tools to guarantee effective quality control and product sale, protect minors and consumers and ensure regular tax revenue.

        In conclusion, in the framework of the cannabis legalisation, this particularly sensitive product should not be sold on open sale but entrusted to a network of controlled retailers allowing thus to limit and regulate access to cannabis. Therefore, CEDT considers that the tobacco retailing networks, retailers of a sensitive and particular product such as tobacco, are the perfect trade to fulfil this mission.

         

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          • 2020/02/21share:

            A SUCCESSFUL FIRST MEETING OF EUROPEAN STATE TOBACCO MONOPOLY ADMINISTRATIONS

            For the first time, the chief executives of the European State Tobacco Monopolies met in Vienna in Austria on February 11 and 12, 2020. Hosted by the Austrian administration, this first meeting brought to a round-table discussion the Austrian, Italian, Hungarian and Spanish managers.
            The CEDT, represented by Peter Schweinschwaller, contributed significantly to put in contact the European monopoly administrations and supported the first exchange.

            In the afternoon of February 11, the attendees compared the sales systems by discovering the similarities and differences.

            In the evening, Peter Schweinschwaller and Gergely Karacsony got to know the state tobacco monopoly representatives better during a welcome dinner.

            On the second day, February 12, the CEDT presented its work, especially that with European institutions and organizations. The event was an occasion for highlighting the good relationship with the Austrian Tobacco Monopoly Administration.

            The discussions were expanded to new products including Cannabis, Best Practice and know-how sharing between European administrations.

            We thank Mr. Hannes Hofer, Director of the Austrian State Tobacco Monopoly Administration, for inviting the CEDT to participate in the event and be part of this new discussion group.

            A number of other meetings will be organized in which CEDT will be involved.

          • 2019/09/24share:

            TWO NEW MEMBERS JOIN THE CEDT

            At the CEDT General Assembly held at its headquarters in Brussels on 24 September, two national associations joined the CEDT as new members: Prodipresse from Belgium, whose president is Mr Xavier Deville and MUT from Germany, whose president is Mr Horst Goetschel. Prodipresse is the professional organisation of independent French-speaking booksellers/newsagents and tobacconists in Belgium . MUT is the professional organization that represents medium-sized tobacco companies, especially tobacco retailers.

          • 2019/09/24share:

            THE CEDT GIVES A CONFERENCE AT INTERTABAC


            From left to right : Giovanni Catelli (Italy) Theo Mallios (Greece) Elena Viana (Spain)
            Philippe Coy (France) Peter Schweinschwaller (Austria) Antal Lengyel (Hungary)

            The CEDT, as partner of Intertabac, the world's largest tobacco fair, gave a conference on the future of the network of European tobacco retailers at the 2019 Edition. For the first time, European networks of regulated tobacco outlets are represented. The CEDT Chairman, Peter Schweinschwaller, who presented the organization, missions and projects of the CEDT said : "Our interests were not represented formerly; we were lost in the crowd of the Intertabac’s visitors. Now we have surfaced. Our messages were expressed”. During the conference, representatives of the Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Austrian and French networks spoke about their respective and common news.
            Italy pointed out the importance of the role and the figure of the tobacconist: a professional with the necessary training to sale sensitive products such as tobacco. In addition, Italy pointed up the need to clearly regulate NGPs, in particular cannabis.
            France highlighted the Tobacconist’s Transformation Plan to maintain their centred-citizens services as part of a policy of sharp rise in tobacco prices.
            Spain warned about a double phenomenon of illegal trafficking: the emergence of some thirty clandestine cigarette factories and the smuggling of tobacco leaves.
            Austria outlined that the most important criterion for selection as a tobacconist is an existing disability of at least 50% and the legal loophole that does not allow them to sell cannabis while other traders do.
            Greece focused on the historical peculiarity of its kiosks that benefit from the fact that they are located in key positions, their sales are based on spontaneous purchases and they sell a variety of products, despite the limited space they have available.
            Hungary informed that the Hungarian government plans to ban the sales of tobacco entirely within the next 20 years. All countries talked about the changing markets for next-generation tobacco products and light cannabis.
            The whole countries stressed the importance of the tobacconists’ role in the recent developments on the market of NGPs and cannabis light.

          • 2019/09/24share:

            CEDT INAUGURATES ITS NEW PREMISES

            On 24 September 2019, the CEDT inaugurated its new premises in Brussels in attendance of its members, MEPs and representatives of the main European institutions. In a friendly atmosphere, the CEDT Chairman presented the team of national presidents of the eight European associations.

            Thanking the guests for attending and their interest in the organisation, President Peter Schweinschwaller pointed out that the CEDT is a network of 160,000 family businesses with 600,000 employees in Europe: professional figures serving their States and the citizens by ensuring the legality and quality of peculiar products as tobacco, supporting an adult and conscious consumption only.

            In conclusion, the President expressed his willingness to promote a continuous dialogue with institutions and all stakeholders to ensure to the tobacco retailers to operate within a regulatory framework, marked by balance and proportionality.

             

             

          • 2019/07/23share:

            ITALIAN AND AUSTRIAN MONOPOLY ADMINISTRATIONS MET IN ROME

            From left to right: Ernst Koresta (Deputy Manager of Austrian Monopoly Agency), Giovanni RIsso (FIT Chairman), Hannes Hofer (Manager of the Austrian Monopoly Agency), Barbara Toxiri (European Affairs Manager in FIT), Marco Ganassi (European Affairs Department in FIT), Stefano Bartoli (FIT General Manager) and Gianluca Basso (European Affairs Department in FIT)

            Before meeting the Manager of the Italian Customs and Monopoly Agency Benedetto Mineo, the Manager of the Austrian Monopoly Agency, Hannes Hofer and his Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ernst Koresta visited the representatives of the Italian Federation of Tobacconists to get a brief talk on the tobacconists’ economic situation in Europe. Hofer said the two Monopoly agencies will work together to involve other European administrations with a similar system.

            on the left : Benedetto Mineo, Italian Customs and Monopoly Agency Manager - on the right : the Austrian Monopoly Agency Manager, Hannes Hofer

            This is the first meeting between Mineo and Hofer at the Monopoly Agency Place Mastai in Rome in the context of institutional relationships between the European administrations responsible for tobacco regulation. Main topics discussed: distributing and selling tobacco in both countries, comparing the rules of location and implementation of tobacco shops, the types of products concerned and the ban on sales to minors.

          • 2019/07/10share:

            ITALIAN TOBACCONISTS DEMONSTRATION

            On May 8, 2019 thousands of tobacconists demonstrated in the streets of Rome to oppose the government's political and economic choices that affect the whole profession. Arrived in the capital from all over Italy, the tobacconists, as entrepreneurs, asked for the setting up of a long-term policy on tobacco products, new generation products and gambling.

            The CEDT chairman, Peter Schweinschwaller, was present in Rome on May 8 to provide personal support to the Italian tobacconists, on the occasion of the demonstration whose slogan was: Save our tobacconists! "Your fight is our fight! It is with this motto that Chairman Peter Schweinschwaller, sent a message of solidarity to thousands of tobacconists came from all over Italy to demonstrate.

            Giovanni Risso, chairman of the Italian Federation of tobacconists, clearly articulated the needs of the profession by stating: "We are seasoned and determined to get answers. Tobacco is the product that identifies us, since the state allowed us to sell it by paying us a percentage of selling price. Thus, this remuneration has not changed for 27 years. It is high time that the government increases it but with a few reservations. I am referring to new generation products which require a lower taxation compared to the traditional tobacco products".

            Thanks to the participation of the current President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, who has always paid attention to the tobacconists’ requests and, thanks to the CEDT Chairman, the message did not stay in Rome but reached Brussels. In addition, Tajani said on the platform in front of the protesters: "In Brussels, you will always find a friend who defends the rights of those who, such as yourselves, respect and enforce the rules". He also welcomed the importance of their social role and proximity services".

            During this day, the Italian tobacconists strongly recalled: "We want to be listened to."

          • 2019/02/21share:

            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.

          • 2019/02/11share:

            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.

          • 2019/01/03share:

            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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