This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Tobacco and EU-Mercosur'.



Ref. Ares(2018)2723149 - 25/05/2018
Meeting with tobacco industry 
Meeting date and place 
Meeting held on 13/11/2017 15:00 
Participating organisation(s) & representative(s) 
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- - British American Tobacco (TRN: 2427500988-58)
Participant, 
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- - Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (TRN: 1496873833-97)
Participant, 
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 Brussels Office - Imperial Brands PLC (TRN: 62460931291-40) 
Participant, 
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- - Imperial Brands PLC (TRN: 62460931291-40)
Participant, 
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- - Imperial Brands PLC (TRN: 62460931291-40)
Participant, 
Mr ULLE Geir 
International Trade Director - JT International (TRN: 71175716023-03) 
Participant, 
Vice President Fiscal Affairs, International Trade and ITP - Philip Morris International Inc. (TRN:
Mr DOMS Kristof 
Participant, 
51925911965-76) 
Main issues discussed 
The objective of the meeting was to discuss progress in the FTA negotiations on rules of origin with Mercosur and 
 for tobacco
products. 
[Out of the scope of the request]
Most of the companies supported the rule of origin based on 10% of originating tobacco as a horizontal rule for all EU FTAs that ensures
consistency and possibility to source tobacco globally.
[Out of the scope of the request]
The Commission presented the state of play of the negotiations on rules of origin. Both Mercosur and 
 tabled more restrictive rules
for cigarettes that the EU. Mercosur is the third biggest producer of tobacco in the world, and the biggest supplier of tobacco to the EU.
[Out of the scope of the request]
. The industry
provided some additional information about production of tobacco and production of cigarettes about the quantities imported from
MERCOSUR in the manufacturing of European cigarettes.
Directorate or unit 
TRADE F/3 
Internal participants 
TRADE  F/3 
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AGRI 
A/1 
@ec.europa.eu) 
Participant, 
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GROW  D3 
(
@ec.europa.eu) 
Participant, 
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TAXUD  E/5 
@ec.europa.eu) 
Participant, 
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TRADE  F/3/001 
@ec.europa.eu)  Notetaker, 
Author(s) of minutes 
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Validator and validation date 
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