Representatives of the Ministry of Economy have declared that a complaint to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the so-called tobacco directive. – We fully support this initiative and hope that the complaint will be prepared in time – says expert of Employers of Poland Grzegorz Byszewski.
Worrying reports have recently emerged, suggesting that the Prime Minister has to mediate between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy in this regard. It is completely incomprehensible for us, as a representative of the Ministry of Health at a meeting of the Agriculture Commission has clearly confirmed that the Ministry did not object to this initiative.
We would like to remind that deadlines are fixed – the complaint has to be filed before July 23rd. Apart from health factors, the directive is particularly harmful for Poland – both for the state budget and as a cause for growth of the black market. Almost 20 percent of all cigarettes in Poland are menthols, so illegalizing them starting from 2020 will decrease budget income from excises by ca 4 bln PLN. Additional losses will be made by producers, whosalers and retailers selling menthol products. The complaint is an opportunity to save many jobs and should be seen as a form of care for national interests.
It is also worth keeping in mind that thus far Poland has been relatively passive when it comes to filing complaints to the Court in Luxembourg. This approach is seen as a sign of weakness and inability to take care of our interest in unified Europe.
Grzegorz Byszewski, expert of Employers of Poland