EU under pressure to scrap tobacco funds

Thursday 06 October 2005 16.39
EU Parliament - To vote on scrapping tobacco fund
EU Parliament - To vote on scrapping tobacco fund

The EU is under further pressure to scrap tobacco subsidies after the EU Parliament's budget committee voted to scrap the €900 million a year fund.

The MEPs on the committee want the European Union to spend some of the money on anti-smoking campaigns and on helping the EU's tobacco growers to switch to other crops.

The proposal goes before the full European Parliament later this month, where it must receive majority approval.

However, it will then have to be approved by EU agriculture ministers before any budgetary changes can be made.

The plan is likely to face opposition from countries with tobacco growing areas such as Greece, Italy and France.