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European Community Advisory Group
— The ECIG is a tax-coordination organisation established by Shook Hardy & Bacon, perhaps on their own initiative —
Some key documents
1988 Oct 10: Kendrick wells writes to Nick Cannar with a range of gossip idems
Don [Hoel of SH&B] is working with a new group in the UK called the "European Community Industry Group." It is organizing now and hopefully will hire John Lambeer (sp?) as director.
The ECIG will deal with draft directives in EC-member nations pertaining to all issues involving tobacco and cigarettes. The ECIG will have an advisory group which will consist of a top executive from each participating company and Don understands that the BAT will participate.
1988 Nov 14: PM Wilson's (Gallaher) Notes On A Meeting Between BAT and Gallaher, They are trying to do deals on Brands, among other things. He reports to his superiors on this new tax initiative:
Whilst they still have not formally agreed to joining ECIG (Lepere's European Group) they [British-American Tobacco] are leaning very much towards doing so, and [Barry] Bramley will be so recommending to Bruell in the near future. Matters which concern them in the context of ECIG are:
Whilst Bramley seemed ambivalent on the subject of specific tax, he acknowledged that their formal position was one of favouring high specific, although he saw advantages in ad valorern [VAT] tax. Heywood seemed far less ambivalent in favouring high specific. The real issue is the extent to which ECIG continues to fight for the impossible whilst, at the same time, the monopoly countries in Europe win the battle by achieving a high level of ad valorem.
- Lepere's requirement that all who join commit themselves to the concept of 100% specific tax,
- The issue of yield measurements (the Barclay issue). [Barclay was a 'ventilated' filter designed to cheat the tar and nicotine measuring machines]
- The relationship of ECIG with INFOTAB.
[T]he feelings between BAT and Philip Morris appear to be running as high as ever [over the Barclay cheating filter], with Philip Morris increasingly trying to make mischief, not just against BAT, but against others such as R.J. Reynolds (Premier) [Smokeless cigarette].