‘Why is the EU funding two tobacco-control groups doing the same work?’, asks smokers’ campaign
Both the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention and the Smoke-Free Partnership could get a 2018 operating grant from CHAFEA.
BRUSSELS, Wednesday 7 March 2018 – The European Commission’s Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) stated on March 5th, 2018 that its October 24th, 2017 decision on operating grants was amended to add four organisations to its eligibility list.
The four organisations, including the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), will therefore have another opportunity to apply to get their 2018 operating costs paid by the EC.
If the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention gets a 2018 operating grant from CHAFEA, it will be in good company with the other largest tobacco-control lobby in Brussels: the Smoke-Free Partnership (SFP).
Questioning this reversal, Guillaume Périgois, director of the European smokers’ campaign Forest EU, said:
“There is no good reason to award operating grants to two lobby groups doing the same work. Both list tobacco-control as a top priority, have virtually the same views on this issue and frequently cooperate to lobby for the same policies.
“Why is the European Commission funding two lobby groups pushing for the same tobacco-control measures in the context of an EU budget under increasing pressure?”
Noting that some are saying that CHAFEA amended its decision because of the complaints of some rejected organisations, with accusations that the agency made a “politically motivated decision”, Périgois added:
“It’s in the public interest to better understand why CHAFEA’s changed its decision. The evaluation committee did not recommend awarding a Framework Partnership Agreement to these lobby organisations based on budget availability even if they met the thresholds for all award criteria. So if that decision is now to be reversed, the question needs to be asked from where the ‘new’ funding will be taken? Who’s going to lose out?”
Note to editors:
- For more information, please contact Forest EU Director Guillaume Périgois on +32 4 78 98 07 43 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Forest EU is a lobby campaign informing smokers about issues that affect them in the European Union and engaging with stakeholders so the views of informed adults are taken into account within the EU’s decision-making process. Since 1979, Forest has been the leading voice in defending the rights of tobacco consumers and tolerant non-smokers. Forest EU doesn’t encourage smoking and doesn’t represent the tobacco industry. For more information, visit forestonline.eu.
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