Lausanne, Switzerland (ots-PRNewswire) - Philip Morris Europe S.A.
regrets that the European Commission apparently has chosen to file a
lawsuit in the United States in which it seeks to recover revenues
alleged to have been lost as a result of the importation of
cigarettes into certain countries of the European Union without the
payment of custom duties.
"Neither we nor our affiliates have seen the complaint that was
allegedly filed on behalf of the European Commission in federal court
in New York, and we cannot therefore comment on any of the
allegations that it may contain. There are, however, certain points
that are of fundamental importance", said David R. Davies, Vice
President Corporate Affairs, Philip Morris Europe S.A.
"Philip Morris Europe does not understand why, either as a matter
of law or practice, the European Commission has chosen to address
this issue in a U.S. court rather than through regulatory and
cooperative actions within the framework of the European Union", said
"We are convinced that the far better approach would be for the
Commission and all other interested parties to work together in the
fight against trade in contraband, including counterfeit products,
and we remain ready to cooperate with the European Commission and the
Member States in that regard", said Mr. Davies. "Recent experience
has shown that there are many measures available to government, with
the cooperation of the private sector, to address the issue of
contraband; indeed, available evidence indicates that there has been
significant progress in curtailing the illegal trade in cigarettes in
the European Union, including, for example, in Italy and Spain."
"We fully support the Commission's desire, and the Member States'
efforts, to address the illegal trade in cigarettes, including the
growing international trade in counterfeit cigarettes, and we will
readily cooperate with all interested parties to continue to develop
sensible solutions, appropriate to prevent illegal trade in our
products. However, we will vigorously contest the Commission's
unprecedented attempt to utilize American courts to impose liability
upon us", concluded David Davies.
ots Originaltext: Philip Morris Europe S.A.
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