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Scotch Whisky Association

Identification number in the register: 9201911441-69
Registration date: 29/09/2008 19:15:41

The information on this entity was last modified on: 14/04/2015 12:58:31
The date of the last annual update was: 14/04/2015 12:58:31
Next update due latest on: 14/04/2016

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Scotch Whisky Association


Trade Association

    Section of registration

II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations

Trade and business associations

    Contact details

Atholl Crescent, 20
Edinburgh EH3 8HF

(+44) 131 222 9200

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  John Bartholomew

Director of Finance and Administration

    Person in charge of EU relations

Ms  Chris Kauer

European Affairs Manager

    Goals / remit

The Scotch Whisky Association’s 57 member companies, including distillers, blenders and bottlers, account for nearly 95% of the industry. The Association’s goal is to sustain Scotch Whisky’s place as the world’s leading high-quality spirit drink and its long-term growth worldwide.
Scotch Whisky is a high-quality, much-loved and prestigious spirit drink with a global reputation. The Association’s role is to advance the global interests and profile of Scotch Whisky, of its member companies, and of the industry as a whole. The SWA does so by engaging with the full range of industry stakeholders and all levels of government, at home and abroad, by pursuing a competitive and sustainable tax and business environment, by safeguarding the category ‘Scotch Whisky’ against fraud, and by promoting the responsible use of alcohol.


    Specific activities covered by the Register

Lisbon alignment of Spirit Drinks Regulation 110/2008; agricultural quality policy / geographical indications; EU food labelling legislation; EU negotiations on free trade agreements (FTAs); EU excise directives; EU alcohol strategy; review of EU packaging directives; environmental dossiers; participation in Commission consultations.

Annual Review, a range of other documents and publications made available on the SWA’s website.




Through membership in spiritsEUROPE participation in DG AGRI Civil Dialogue Group ‘Horticulture, Olives and Spirits’.

Intergroup ‘Wine, Spirits and Quality Foodstuffs’.


    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above

75%: 2   50%: 3   25%: 10



Activities falling within the scope of the Transparency Register are mainly pursued by the two members of the SWA’s Global Affairs Department in charge of European affairs; in addition other members of the Global Affairs team are involved to a lesser extent.
Members of other SWA departments (Operations and Technical, Legal, Government and Communications) occasionally engage in activities covered by the register to a small degree (often less than 5% of overall working time), hence the actual FTE is 3.37.

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons

    Fields of interest

  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Customs
  • Energy
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Food Safety
  • Internal Market
  • Public Health
  • Taxation
  • Trade

    Membership and affiliation

We are a member of spiritsEUROPE, the representative body for the spirits industry at European level.

    Financial data

01/2014  -  12/2014

700,000 € - 799,999 €

No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.