This Tuesday, The European Union’s health commissioner John Dalli resigned over corruption allegations involving tobacco laws. Dalli, a former Maltese businessman, decided to resign after the EU’s anti-fraud office discovered that he was aware of an attempt at corruption surrounding new legislation regarding snus.
The European Union’s anti-fraud office sent a report to the Commission after it investigated a complaint by Swedish Match, a large snus manufacturer. The company alleges that another Maltese businessman tried to to get financial compensation from Swedish Match in return for pressing Dalli to influence future tobacco laws on snus.
When governments put profits ahead of the health of citizens, it is always a terrible thing. The EU’s ban on snus is totally misguided, and this corruption scandal only further proves it. I hope the EU sorts this matter out and strongly reconsiders reversing the ban on snus for the benefit of everyone. Twelve years ago, the entire EU Commission resigned after an investigation alleged cronyism and financial irregularities in their ranks.