Bulgarian National Assembly

Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products

Scrutiny details

Subsidiarity deadline: 04/03/2013
Scrutiny Information

Scrutiny date: 27/02/2013

  A reasoned opinion has been sent

  Important information to exchange

No Veto

Information on parliamentary scrutiny


The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria (the Parliament) welcomes the European Commission’s commitment to limit the use of tobacco and related products.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria is of the opinion that there is indeed justification for revising the existing regulatory regime on tobacco and related products, set forth by Directive 2001/37/EC, in view of the approximately ten-year period which has elapsed since its entry into force.

The Parliament agrees with the European Commission that, in view of improving the functioning of the internal market of the EU, it is necessary to adopt unified rules on the presentation and sale of tobacco and related products.

The Parliament finds the approach of keeping the existing regime on establishing maximum limits for yields a good one and welcomes the approach of standardizing measuring the tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide yields of cigarettes and related products, for similar products as well as across Member States.

At the same time, the Parliament deems that the proposal does not take into account to a sufficient extent the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as laid down in Article 5 of Protocol 2 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). In this regard, the Parliament expresses a reasoned opinion on the draft directive, deeming that the stipulated objectives can be better achieved at national level. In particular, we find that the proposal is in breach of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.

Lisbon Treaty procedures
  Reasoned opinion

28/02/2013 | Reasoned Opinion by the Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of the European Funds (CEAOEF) adopted on 27.02.2013 and transmitted to European Commission on 28.02.2013

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