CHANGES IN TOBACCO CONTROL AFTER THE SIGNING OF “ECONOMIC” PART OF THE ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT

The Assosiation Agreement document also includes an agreement on free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU so the new rules for cooperation in all key areas of the economy and public sector policy of our country will be established.

A good system of public health is one of the top priorities for the European community, so The Agreement contains provisions for an ongoing dialogue, a set of measures for implementation and outlines the principles of cooperation between Ukraine and the EU Member States in this area, in particular for TC issues (Articles 426, 427 and 428). Article 352 of Chapter 4 (“Taxation”) provides for the cooperation and harmonization of policies on the prevention and fight against frauds and smuggling of tobacco products. The AA also gives possibilities for TC experts to insist that a significant increase in excise duties on tobacco and alcohol products in the future should become a system, because the increase in real prices of these products makes them less accessible, reducing consumption, providing additional revenues to the state budget and has positive effects on the entire system of public health.

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