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April 15, 2021

EU health commissioner John Dalli quits over fraud inquiry

The EU commissioner for health, John Dalli, has resigned after an anti-fraud inquiry linked him to an attempt to influence tobacco legislation, BBC informs.The EU’s anti-fraud office (Olaf) found that a Maltese businessman had tried to use his contacts with Mr Dalli, who is also Maltese, for financial gain. This businessman had tried to influence future EU legislation on tobacco products, the European Commission said. Mr Dalli categorically rejected the investigation’s findings, it added. Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic will take over the Mr Dalli’s duties on an interim basis until a new commissioner of Maltese nationality is appointed, the commission said. According to the commission, the tobacco producer Swedish Match complained in May that a Maltese entrepreneur had used his contacts with Mr Dalli to try to gain financial advantages from the company. This entrepreneur had allegedly offered in return to influence a possible future legislative proposal on tobacco products, in particular on the EU export ban on snus, a smokeless tobacco taken orally.

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