Posted by: audreybenenati | January 14, 2010

Big tobacco distorted EU treaty, scientists say


LEIGH PHILLIPS

13.01.2010 @ 11:41 CET

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – One of the biggest tobacco manufacturers in the world led a group of chemical, food, oil, pharmaceutical and other firms in a successful long-term lobbying strategy to shape European Union policy making in their favour, a new study says.

After trawling through some 700 internal documents from British American Tobacco (BAT), academics at the University of Bath and University of Edinburgh say they have found evidence that the cigarette giant in the mid-1990s teamed up with the European Policy Centre, the prominent Brussels think-tank, to create a front group to ensure that the EU framework for evaluating policy options emphasised business interests at the expense of public health.

Read the rest at http://euobserver.com/?aid=29252

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