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Confédération Européenne des Détaillants en Tabac

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The European Confederation of Tobacco Retailers (ECTR), 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 ECTR 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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  • 2019/07/04

    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

     

  • 2019/07/03

    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

  • 2019/06/20

    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

  • 2019/06/20

    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

  • 2019/06/20

    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

  • 2019/05/05

    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 

  • 2019/05/03

    ITALY : Tobacconists’ demonstration planned for May 8 in Rome

    Chairman Risso calls the Italian tobacconists to demonstrate to protest against the economic measures taken by the current government as regards as gambling, taxation and remuneration system. The demonstration will take place on May 8 in Rome. The slogan of the demonstration organised by FIT (Italian Tobacconists’ Federation) is: “SAVE OUR TOBACCONISTS”. In a host of claims, FIT urges the Italian government to carry on providing players with a network of regulated betting shops that recover gambling taxes. Therefore, FIT requests to ensure a fair revenue to the betting shop owners. FIT also requests the government to increase tobacconists ‘revenue on tobacco products and NGP (Next Generation Products), to consider legalising the recreational use of cannabis and make tobacconists the reference cannabis sales network.
    Source: Federazione Italiana Tabaccai

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      • 2019/07/10

        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."

      • 2019/02/21

        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.

      • 2019/02/11

        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.

      • 2019/01/03

        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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