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GIBRALTAR

Govt increases tobacco prices

29 Jun 2020. The Gibraltar Government plans to increase the cost of tobacco to reach the 32 per cent differential with Spain agreed under the terms of the Gibraltar Protocol to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Gibraltar Chronicle reported.

This means that the price of the main brands of cigarettes in Gibraltar may not be more than 32 per cent cheaper than the equivalent price in Spain, the report said.

The Government has also taken further steps towards complying with its obligations under the Gibraltar Protocol through the publication of a package of measures consisting of eight separate pieces of legislation. According to the report, these measures implement the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade on Tobacco Products.

The legislation, published on June 26, prepares Gibraltar for the extension of both the Framework Convention and the Seoul Protocol in sufficient time to meet the 30 June deadline prescribed by the Gibraltar Protocol.

In a statement the Government said the substantial package of measures published signifies its commitment to meeting its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement. As permitted under the Framework Convention and Seoul Protocol, commencement of the new legislation will be staged to allow local stakeholders to adapt to new obligations, the report said.