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Czech republic  |  October 09, 2010 09:14:03

Parliamentary leaves Klaus because of restrictions in a letter to the EU proposes to ban smoking rather Necas


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PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - President Vaclav Klaus wrote Prime Minister Petr Necas (ODS) prepared a letter for Brussels directive on tobacco products, to further restrict their sale. Parliamentary leaves on Friday published excerpts in which Klaus proposes to ban smoking rather like that of soft drugs.

Directive on tobacco products proposed to be extended and the European Commission to introduce obligatory standard black and white packaging of all cigarettes, cigarette Prohibition to issue on-site sales and prohibit the use of additives to cigarettes during their production, reminiscent of leaves.

"There is no doubt that this is another important attempt to significantly impact the civil liberties, the freedom of business and an even larger warp and distort the free market at both Member States and across the European Union. There is also no doubt that in the European Union there is a strong political current that wants a free market, one of the attributes of a free democratic society, by gradual steps to completely eliminate it, and submit to central management. The intention to further regulate the production and sale of tobacco products is its exemplar, "he wrote, according to Parliament listů prezidemt Klaus.

According to the Head of State is convinced that the Czech government should in the ongoing public consultation on this issue to generate a fundamental attitude which will then pursue the negotiations with the European institutions.

According to Klaus, but must ask a basic question: Is the proposed regulation is really dictated by the interest "to facilitate the functioning of the internal market in tobacco products while ensuring a high level of public health?" To talk about a possible revision of the Tobacco Products. "If yes , then it is obvious that the functioning of these additional prohibitions, restrictions and regulations against private businesses not only improve the internal market, but clearly will lead to distortions of competition, the damage to this market segment to an even more open space for the illegal distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products, especially from Asian countries, "said the President.

According to the president is the second part of critical issues related to "ensure a high level of public health."

"I am certainly not an expert in this area, but if they are health risks associated with tobacco issues really so fundamental and dangerous, so they require dramatic steps by the European Commission, is the only option - to confront them face, sincere and fundamentally: to build smoking tobacco illegal, as is the case with other so-called soft drugs. Prohibit smoking in public places only, but everywhere including private space such as apartments, so that smokers could no longer threaten their surroundings, "according to a parliamentary written sheets as president.

Martin commas carek@mediafax.cz

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