Italy, Hungary given tobacco deadline
|By Dieter Rencken||Thursday, July 20th 2006, 09:45 GMT|
A compliance concession granted this week by EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou could see tobacco liveries displayed on cars and trackside hoardings during the Hungarian and Italian Grands Prix.
That, despite a European Union-wide ban on the advertising of tobacco products.
The commission on Wednesday found that the two countries were in breach of EU law by permitting tobacco advertising and sent them 'reasoned opinions'.
The countries were given two months to comply with the commission's ruling to cease or face a legal tribunal in the European Court of Justice.
"The Commission is clear that there can be no derogation from the directive's ban on tobacco sponsorship for cross-border events, whether it's for Formula One or for other events," Kyprianou said in a statement before granting the 60-day compliance period.
The Hungarian and Italian rounds are scheduled for 6 August and 10 September respectively - well within the 'window'.