Brussels urges Belarus to raise excise taxes on cigarettes

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Series Details 23.02.17
Publication Date 23/02/2017
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The European Commission called in February 2017 for Belarus to raise its excise duty rates to match EU levels as regards tobacco transactions.

The statement followed calls for the European Union to increase efforts to halt growing illicit tobacco trade from Belarus. The Budget Commissioner recognised the law excise taxation on cigarettes in Belarus could encourage illicit trade.

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