EU-commissaris Byrne wil tóch geen algemeen rookverbod in de horeca invoeren voor heel Europa. Eerder had hij daar op gezinspeeld.
De staten moeten het tóch maar zelf uitmaken, vindt hij nou.
The European Union’s commissioner for health and consumer protection, Mr David Byrne, has stated that he will not be introducing community-wide legislation on tobacco in the workplace.
He made his comments at an EU conference in Cork—”Promoting heart health, a European consensus”—in response to a threat by hospitality industry sources that such EU legislation would be used as the basis for a challenge to the smoking ban that is due to come into effect in Ireland on 29 March.
“I am not bringing forward legislation on this issue,” he said. “In fact, I am coming to the conclusion that the smoking issue is best dealt with by each member state. While it is my strong ambition to see a reduction in smoking throughout the EU, this is best done at member state rather than community level”.