Transparency NGO Corporate Europe Observatory CEO has announced that European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, will investigate the European Commission’s failure to properly implement UN rules for contacts with tobacco lobbyists.
The EU is a signatory to the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which obliges governments to limit interactions with the tobacco industry and ensure the transparency of those interactions that occur.
CEO said that in the last years, European Commission officials had numerous meetings with tobacco industry lobbyists wanting to influence the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive.
“Many of these meetings were not disclosed online. This includes, as CEO’s complaint shows, at least 14 undisclosed meetings involving top Commission officials from the Secretariat-General and members of Commission President Barroso’s cabinet. The European Commission claims its approach is ‘compatible’ with the WHO rules, but CEO’s complaint argues that the Commission is violating its UN obligations,” CEO said on its website.