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Alleged failure to properly implement Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

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  • Case: 852/2014/LP
    Opened on 20 Jun 2014 - Recommendation on 01 Oct 2015
  • Institution(s) concerned: European Commission
  • Field(s) of law: General, financial and institutional matters
  • Types of maladministration alleged – (i) breach of, or (ii) breach of duties relating to: Lawfulness (incorrect application of substantive and/or procedural rules) [Article 4 ECGAB]
  • Subject matter(s): Institutional and policy matters


The Commission failed properly to implement Article 5.(3) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (the "WHO Convention) and the accompanying guidelines. 


The Commission should:

a) undertake a thorough assessment of how to implement the WHO Convention rules across all of its departments;

b) publish online lists of all meetings with tobacco industry representatives and minutes of such meetings;

c) implement a code of conduct on relation with the tobacco industry amending where necessary the relevant provisions of the Code of Conduct for Commissioners and the Staff Regulations;

d) ensure registration and disclosure of the identity and activities of tobacco industry lobbyists via the EU's Transparency Register.