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Dolores Utrilla
23rd July 2021
Consumer, Health & Environment Internal Market

AG Tanchev’s Opinion on how to apply EU rules on labelling and packaging of tobacco to vending machines

Advocate General (AG) Tanchev has delivered his Opinion in Pro Rauchfrei (C-370/20), a case stemming from a preliminary ruling request made by the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) concerning the interpretation of Articles 8(3) and (8) of the Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40).

The dispute in the main proceedings concerns the labelling and packaging of tobacco products sold via a vending machine, where the health warnings on cigarette packets are not visible while the packets are stocked inside the machine. The case thus provides the Court of Justice with an opportunity to give a ruling, in relation to tobacco vending machines, on the scope of the requirement that not only each unit packet of a tobacc


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