Legal opinion by Professor d’Argent, Louvain University, Belgium, on incompatibility of EU tobacco traceability system with WHO FCTC Protocol

20 Apr 2017 | Reports

This legal opinion relates to the interpretation of article 15 of the tobacco directive of the
European Parliament and the Council of 3 April 20141 and its relationship with article 8 of the
Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products2, adopted in Seoul on 12 November 2012.

In particular, this legal opinion is meant to determine whether article 8 of the protocol binds in
any way the European Union member states when they transpose the Directive into domestic