BRITISH American Tobacco has won a legal battle to secure documents from the European Commission, on the EU Committee on Excise Duties decision that expanded tobacco should attract duty. The Commission fought BAT's application, claiming that EU committee papers were confidential under EU regulations, because publication would inhibit members from being frank. But this was rejected by the European Court of Justice, which ruled that such a general assumption is illegal and that EU committee documents should be withheld or released on a ...

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