Portugal, Bulgaria and Slovakia have reportedly submitted concerns about the Irish government's proposed plain packaging legislation, which could interfere with the introduction of the measures.
According to the Irish Times, the countries have lodged objections on the basis that the proposals are incompatible with EU rules on free movement of goods.
It is anticipated that more countries could follow suit and also declare their objections to the measures, put forward by former Minister for Health, James Reilly. The Minister's plans were received by the European Commission on June 17th, the report noted.
The Commission said that the precise comments made by the three countries is not available at this stage, because "the case is ongoing", the paper reported.