E.U. commissioner quits in corruption scandal
Published: October 16, 2012 01:21PM
Updated: October 16, 2012 01:22PM
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File - In this Jan. 24, 2011 file photo, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy John Dalli addresses the media during an EU agriculture and fisheries council, at the European Council building in Brussels. EU Health Commissioner John Dalli on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 resigned over corruption allegations involving tobacco legislation but denies any wrongdoing. Tuesday’s resignation came after the EU’s anti-fraud office found that he was aware of an attempt at corruption in pushing new legislation on the EU export ban on the tobacco product snus. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe. File)

Brussels • E.U. Health Commissioner John Dalli has resigned over corruption allegations involving tobacco legislation, but denies wrongdoing.

Dalli resigned Tuesday after the E.U.’s anti-fraud office found that he was aware of an attempt at corruption surrounding new legislation on the tobacco product snus.

The E.U. Commission said in a statement Dalli resigned ‘‘with immediate effect.” It said the anti-fraud office ‘‘did not find any conclusive evidence” of Dalli’s direct involvement but considered ‘‘that he was aware of these events.”

Snus is a Swedish type of smokeless tobacco, sold in loose form or in paper sachets that users stuff under their upper lip.

Snus sales are banned in the European Union, except in Sweden, which insisted on an exemption when it joined the E.U.