British American Tobacco (BAT)
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WARNING: As this organisation lists one or more EP accredited lobbyists, it is highly improbable that its lobbying costs are lower than €10,000.
WARNING: The lobbying costs declared by this organisation are extraordinarily high and may therefore have been over-declared.
2,000,000€ - 2,249,999€
Lobbyists declared: 2.5 FTE (7)
WARNING: The number of full time equivalent lobbyists declared by this organisation are extraordinarily high and may therefore have been over-declared.
Lobbyists with EP accreditation: 9
Meetings with European Commission: 2
Lobbying costs over the years:
British American Tobacco (BAT)
Registration on EU Transparency Register
Goals / Remit
BAT is a leading, multi-category consumer goods business, established in 1902. Our purpose is to build A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of our business through offering a greater choice of enjoyable and less risky products for our consumers. The company has announced a target of increasing the number of its non-combustible product consumers from 11 million to 50 million by 2030; and to achieve at least £5 billion in New Categories revenues in by 2025. BAT has also committed to encouraging those who otherwise continue to smoke, to switch completely to scientifically-substantiated, reduced-risk* alternatives.
*Based on the weight of evidence and assuming a complete switch from smoking. These products are not risk-free and are addictive.
British American Tobacco engages on issues that are relevant to its business, such as tobacco-related regulatory issues, taxation, movement of excisable product, corporate social responsibility, Better Regulation, Intellectual Property, preventing illicit trade and counterfeiting or Circular Economy. In particular, the following legislative proposals or policies were notably followed in 2020: • Directive 2019/904/EC on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment • The implementation of Directive 2014/40/EU on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture , presentation, and sale of tobacco and related products • Tobacco taxation – revision of EU rules • Review of the requirements for packaging and feasibility of measures to prevent packaging waste • Batteries - modernising EU rules • The European Green Deal
Globe House, Temple Place, 4
London WC2R 2PG
Tel: 0044 207 845 1600
Aarlenstraat 80 Rue d'Arlon
Tel: 32 26278896
Lobbyists with EP accreditation
As described in the Transparency Register Guidelines, this is the most up-to-date figure for the number of individuals working on activities covered by the Register at the time of our annual update. Financial data also includes an estimate of the costs attributable to additional employees who left the company since then but spent a portion of their time working on activities covered by the Register in 2020.
Person in charge of EU relations
Person with legal responsibility
British American Tobacco is a member of various associations and networks around the world, including: Tobacco Europe, AmCham EU, BCCB, Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, BusinessEurope, Kangaroo Group, ICC UK, INTA
Procurement from EU institutions
Grants from EU institutions
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Expert groups (European Commission)
Intergroups (European Parliament)
Industry forums (European Parliament)
Meetings with European Commission2 meetings found.
The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.
- 01 Oct 2018 - Kyriacos Charalambous - Meeting to discuss economic climate and business environment in Kosovo (DG Budget and Administration)
- 30 Mar 2017 - Director-General Stephen Quest - Revision of the European tobacco excise directive (DG Taxation and Customs Union)