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Following the resignation of the Health Commissioner and the designation of a new Maltese Commissioner to replace Mr Dalli, a coalition of civil society organisations wrote at the end of October 2012 to European Commission President Barroso calling for (already overdue) progress to be made on the Tobacco Products Directive and on transparency initiatives.

Since the resignation of Commissioner for Health, John Dalli, the process of releasing the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has been put on halt.

The European Commission Directorate General for health (DG SANCO) had finished drafted the text at the end of February, the mandatory impact assessement of the piece of legislation and consultations of EU legal services are completed  according to Mr. Dalli and the inter-service consultation an essentially administrative process (other directorates general are consulted on the Directive), was about to begin on Monday 22 October. This is no longer the case.

We call for TPD to continue on its legislative process as planned, to help save lives and protect EU citizens. In this open letter, organisations are also calling for greater transparency in lobbying practice and stronger ethic rules.