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09.00   Registration and coffee

09.45   Welcome and introduction, Mr Georges Dassis, EESC President

10.00   A message from Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger

10.15   The Perspective of the European Parliament

  • Mr Gilles Pargneaux, MEP, Vice-Chair, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety; Member, Budgetary Control Committee  

10.25   The Perspective of the Bulgarian Presidency   

  • Ms Demetra Novakova, Chair, Customs Cooperation Working Party     

10.35   Panel 1: The challenges from illicit tobacco trade, in particular cheap whites

Chair: Mr Martin Siecker, EESC Member, President of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption

  • The illicit tobacco trade – what do we know?
    Mr N. J. Ilett, Acting Director-General, OLAF
  • How does the illicit tobacco trade impact business?
    Mr Mihai Ivascu, EESC Member, President's Counselor, Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • The challenges at the Eastern border
    Mr Ants Kutti, Deputy Head of Customs Department, Estonia
  • What tools do we have to fight illicit trade at EU and International level? A civil society perspective
    Ms Florence Berteletti, Director, Smoke Free Partnership
  • The link between illicit tobacco trade and organised crime
    Professor Arndt Sinn, University of Osnabrück

11.45   Discussion

12.30   Buffet lunch & coffee

14.00   Panel 2: How to meet the challenges from illicit tobacco trade?

Chair: Ms Margarete Hofmann, OLAF Policy Director

  • What can the FCTC Protocol contribute to fighting illicit trade in tobacco products?
    Mr Nicolas Guerrero, Senior Legal Officer, WHO FCTC Secretariat, Geneva
  • Stepping-up enforcement and cooperation at European and international level
    Mr David Petit, French Customs
  • The illicit tobacco trade viewed from the health community
    Mr Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General for Consumers and Health, DG Health and Food Safety
  • The consumer perspective: how to raise awareness?
    Mr Bogomil Nikolov, EESC Member, Executive Director, Bulgarian Active Consumers Association

15.15   Discussion

16.15   Concluding remarks and Outlook

  • Mr Martin Siecker, EESC Member, President of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption
  • Ms Margarete Hofmann, OLAF Policy Director
  • Mr Georg Roebling, Head of Unit, OLAF Customs and Tobacco Anti-Fraud Policy; AFIS

16.30   Networking reception

17.30   End of conference


Programme "Fighting illicit tobacco"