Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Tobacco Convention and the European Ombudsman's inquiry into tobacco lobbying
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European Ombudsman (Belgium)
Submission date: 2016-03-30
Acceptance date: 2016-03-31
Publication date: 2016-03-31
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Lambros Papadias   

European Ombudsman (Belgium), Le Médiateur fédéral / De federale Ombudsman Rue de Louvain 48, bte 6 / Leuvenseweg 48 bus 6 BE - 1, BE - 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2016;2(April Supplement):56
The Ombudsman investigates complaints about maladministration in the EU institutions, agencies and bodies. A complaint was brought by an NGO which claimed the Commission was not meeting its obligations under the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The Ombudsman agreed, finding that the Commission's approach to publicising meetings with tobacco lobbyists was, with the exception of DG Health, inadequate, unreliable and unsatisfactory. The Ombudsman was also concerned to find that certain meetings with lawyers representing the tobacco industry were not considered as meetings for the purpose of lobbying.
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