A question of fraud

    A Spanish member of the European Parliament wants to know how much is being ‘lost’ to tobacco smuggling.
    In a preamble to questions posed to the Commission, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra said tobacco smuggling was one of the leading types of fraud causing huge losses to the EU budget.
    With that in mind, he asked the Commission:
    1)         Whether it was taking any measures, in conjunction with member states, to curb this illegal practice.
    2)         And whether it had any figures/percentages for the amounts lost to fraud; and if so, what were the figures for 2017.
    These questions are due to be answered by the Commission in writing.