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EU warns Hungary over tobacco advertising

The European Union on Tuesday sent a letter of formal notice to four member states including Hungary for unsatisfactory compliance with the ban on advertising tobacco products.

According to an announcement issued by the executive body in Brussels, Hungary was criticized for permitting tobacco product advertising “under special circumstances connected to events important for the economy.” Tobacco products have been advertised at the Budapest Grand Prix Formula One race.
The four countries, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and Hungary, received the warning for not bringing national laws in line with EU rules on tobacco advertising. The countries have two months to comply with EU rules or face further steps that could end up in cases at the European Court of Justice. EU rules ban tobacco advertising in print media, on the radio and Internet and at cross-border events or activities. Member states had until July 31, 2005 to introduce the EU rules into national law.