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Think tanks from multiple countries received funding from British American Tobacco, [[Japan Tobacco International]] and [[Philip Morris International]], alongside governments as they argued against tobacco controls. <ref> [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/23/tobacco-industry-free-market-thinktanks-cigarette-controls Tobacco industry free market thinktanks cigarette controls], ''The Guardian'', 23 January 2019, Accessed 16 April 2019 </ref> According to Politico, among the lobbyists on the EU Transparency Register, representing British American Tobacco are [http://www.bernstein-group.com/?lang=en Bernstein Public Policy] and [https://thisisredflag.com/ Red Flag]. <ref>[https://www.politico.eu/article/tobacco-lobbyists-demand-say-in-eu-debate-on-tobacco-lobbying-european-parliament-european-ombudsman-emily-oreilly/ Tobacco lobbyists demand say in EU debate on … tobacco lobbying], ''Politico'', April 2016, Accessed 12 September 2018</ref>  
 
Think tanks from multiple countries received funding from British American Tobacco, [[Japan Tobacco International]] and [[Philip Morris International]], alongside governments as they argued against tobacco controls. <ref> [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/23/tobacco-industry-free-market-thinktanks-cigarette-controls Tobacco industry free market thinktanks cigarette controls], ''The Guardian'', 23 January 2019, Accessed 16 April 2019 </ref> According to Politico, among the lobbyists on the EU Transparency Register, representing British American Tobacco are [http://www.bernstein-group.com/?lang=en Bernstein Public Policy] and [https://thisisredflag.com/ Red Flag]. <ref>[https://www.politico.eu/article/tobacco-lobbyists-demand-say-in-eu-debate-on-tobacco-lobbying-european-parliament-european-ombudsman-emily-oreilly/ Tobacco lobbyists demand say in EU debate on … tobacco lobbying], ''Politico'', April 2016, Accessed 12 September 2018</ref>  
  
A campaign by Forest EU, funded by [[Japan Tobacco International]], British American Tobacco and members of the European Smoking Tobacco Associations, paints a picture that is out of touch with the reality of EU legislation and the economic and societal effects of smoking in its many forms. <ref>[https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/partner_article/efa/making-europe-smoke-free-environment  Making Europe a smoke-free environment], ''The Parliament Magazine'', 21 October 2019, Accessed 26 November 2019 </ref>
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A campaign by Forest EU, funded by Japan Tobacco International, British American Tobacco and members of the European Smoking Tobacco Associations, paints a picture that is out of touch with the reality of EU legislation and the economic and societal effects of smoking in its many forms. <ref>[https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/partner_article/efa/making-europe-smoke-free-environment  Making Europe a smoke-free environment], ''The Parliament Magazine'', 21 October 2019, Accessed 26 November 2019 </ref>
  
 
As of May 2021, there are no British American Tobacco-affiliated persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises. Mr Eric Sensi-Minautier is in charge of EU relations. <ref name="BAT_TB"> European Transparency Register, [https://web.archive.org/web/20210510141950/https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/consultation/displaylobbyist.do?id=2427500988-58 British American Tobacco], Accessed 10 May 2021</ref>
 
As of May 2021, there are no British American Tobacco-affiliated persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises. Mr Eric Sensi-Minautier is in charge of EU relations. <ref name="BAT_TB"> European Transparency Register, [https://web.archive.org/web/20210510141950/https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/consultation/displaylobbyist.do?id=2427500988-58 British American Tobacco], Accessed 10 May 2021</ref>
  
In 2019, British American Tobacco appeared to have a large lobbying contract potentially worth EUR 500,000 - 599,999 with EUTOP Europe GmbH. <ref>
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In 2019, British American Tobacco appeared to have a large lobbying contract with the revenue of  EUR 500,000 - 599,999 with EUTOP Europe GmbH. <ref>
 
European Transparency Register, [https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/consultation/displaylobbyist.do?id=171298025234-65 EUTOP Europe GmbH], Accessed 27 July 2020 </ref>
 
European Transparency Register, [https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/consultation/displaylobbyist.do?id=171298025234-65 EUTOP Europe GmbH], Accessed 27 July 2020 </ref>
 
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British American Tobacco also used BDL Lobbying Srl for lobbying in 2019 with the revenue for the company of EUR 100,000 - 199,999 <ref>
British American Tobacco also used BDL Lobbying Srl for lobbying in 2019 with services worth between EUR 100,000 - 199,999 <ref>
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European Transparency Register, [https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/consultation/displaylobbyist.do?id=638996717979-40 BDL Lobbying Srl], Accessed 27 July 2020 </ref> and Business Platform Europe with the revenue of 10,000 - 24,999 between July 2018 and June 2019. <ref>
European Transparency Register, [https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/consultation/displaylobbyist.do?id=638996717979-40 BDL Lobbying Srl], Accessed 27 July 2020 </ref> and Business Platform Europe with services between 10,000 - 24,999 between July 2018 and June 2019. <ref>
 
 
European Transparency Register, [https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/consultation/displaylobbyist.do?id=780330912492-15 Business Platform Europe], Accessed 27 July 2020 </ref>.
 
European Transparency Register, [https://ec.europa.eu/transparencyregister/public/consultation/displaylobbyist.do?id=780330912492-15 Business Platform Europe], Accessed 27 July 2020 </ref>.
  
 
In 2019, British American Tobacco had an estimated annual cost related to activities covered by the European Transparency Registry in the amount of EUR 2,250,000 - 2,499,999. {{r|BAT_TB}} EU Transparency register lists British American Tobacco as a member of various associations and networks around the world, including: AmCham EU, British Chamber of Commerce Belgium, BusinessEurope, Institute of Economics Affairs (IEA), Kangaroo Group, International Chamber of Commerce UK, INTA, CBI, ICC BASCAP, CECCM (now Tobacco Europe), ESTA, ECMA, CEPS. {{r|BAT_TB}}
 
In 2019, British American Tobacco had an estimated annual cost related to activities covered by the European Transparency Registry in the amount of EUR 2,250,000 - 2,499,999. {{r|BAT_TB}} EU Transparency register lists British American Tobacco as a member of various associations and networks around the world, including: AmCham EU, British Chamber of Commerce Belgium, BusinessEurope, Institute of Economics Affairs (IEA), Kangaroo Group, International Chamber of Commerce UK, INTA, CBI, ICC BASCAP, CECCM (now Tobacco Europe), ESTA, ECMA, CEPS. {{r|BAT_TB}}
  
A report of a meeting between Director General of the EU's Taxation and Customs Union and British American Tobacco showed how BAT used the findings of a study it commissioned (undertaken by Deloitte/Taj consultants) to support their views against increasing minimum rates in the Tobacco Excise Directive. The study concluded that an increase in rates would unduly affect Eastern European countries, increase illicit trade and vastly increase price elasticity of cigarettes. Furthermore, they argued that the Directive should not be reviewed claiming that there is “no sufficient data” to impose tax regimes on e-cigarettes or heated cigarettes. Similarly, in February 2019, BAT provided the Taxation and Customs Union  with its “Analysis of the potential impacts of revising the minimum excise requirements in the European Excise". The study was used to support their key argument that FCT keeps consumers away from illicit, unregulated products, while making it more expensive would push FCT users to illicit products, despite the fact they did not offer any data on the illicit trade of raw tobacco.<ref>Expose Tobacco, [https://web.archive.org/save/https://exposetobacco.org/wp-content/uploads/EPHA-Report.pdf Targeting the European Commission: The 7 Lobbying Techniques of Big Tobacco], pp. 12-13, Accessed 13 May 2021 </ref>
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A report of a meeting between Director General of the EU's Taxation and Customs Union and British American Tobacco showed how BAT used the findings of a study it commissioned (undertaken by Deloitte/Taj consultants) to support their views against increasing minimum rates in the Tobacco Excise Directive. The study concluded that an increase in rates would unduly affect Eastern European countries, increase illicit trade and vastly increase price elasticity of cigarettes. Furthermore, they argued that the Directive should not be reviewed claiming that there is “no sufficient data” to impose tax regimes on e-cigarettes or heated cigarettes. Similarly, in February 2019, BAT provided the Taxation and Customs Union  with its “Analysis of the potential impacts of revising the minimum excise requirements in the European Excise. The study was used to support their key argument that FCT keeps consumers away from illicit, unregulated products, while making it more expensive would push FCT users to illicit products, despite the fact they did not offer any data on the illicit trade of raw tobacco.<ref>Expose Tobacco, [https://web.archive.org/save/https://exposetobacco.org/wp-content/uploads/EPHA-Report.pdf Targeting the European Commission: The 7 Lobbying Techniques of Big Tobacco], pp. 12-13, Accessed 13 May 2021 </ref>
  
 
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