Minimum Price of Cigarettes
The “Minimum Price” was introduced in Italy, France, Ireland and Austria in 2005; it was abolished by the European Court of Justice with its sentences of 4 March 2010, against France, Ireland and Austria, and of 24June 2010 against Italy. But in the “Belpaese,” the effects of the minimum price were extended thanks to Leg. Decree – DL 94, passed on the 23rd of June 2010, which set up the so-called «Tassa minima» (Minimum Tax) and which enabled Italy to circumvent the European judgment. The “minimum tax” was in turn revoked by the Regional Administrative Court—the TAR–of Lazio on April 5th 2012. This date marks the final liberalization of the Italian market.