Q1. Mr Commissioner,
our previous interview was more than a year ago (oct 15, 2005). Have
you seen progress in 2006 in tobacco control at the EU level?
Markos Kyprianou: There has been
a considerable progress in tobacco control over the last year.
Court of Justice upheld the validity of the Tobacco Advertising Directive
in its ruling of December 2006, which is of great importance for the
further development of tobacco control in the EU. In addition, all Member
States have now transposed the Directive into their national legislation.
Markos Kyprianou is EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Thank you Mr Commissioner for taking the time to be with us today.May I ask you to introduce yourself?
My name is Markos Kyprianou and I am European Commissioner for
Health and Consumer Protection. I took up this position last November,
having been a member of the Commission since May 1st 2004 when my home
country of Cyprus joined the EU along with 9 other countries.
As Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner, tobacco control is part
of my dossier, and an area that I have highlighted as a priority.