European Shisha Community Alliance

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Lobbying Costs

50,000€ - 99,999€

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

1.25 Fte (2)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    European Shisha Community Alliance   (ESCA)

    EU Transparency Register

    876337940850-36 First registered on 05 Jan 2021

    Goals / Remit

    The European Shisha Community Alliance (ESCA) aims to represent the thousands of small businesses that run lounges, retail outlets and shisha manufacturers that are proud to sell products that have a unique historic and cultural link to their customers.

    Shisha, also known as water-pipe, hookah, narghile, hubble-bubble and moasseel, is a ritual that has been enjoyed for centuries. Originating in the Middle East and India and now sold across the globe it brings adults together to socialise. Shisha is low in tobacco content, used occasionally and can only be enjoyed via a large cumbersome device which takes time, expertise and patience to prepare, making it unsuitable for use by minors.

    Main EU files targeted

    The European Shisha Community Alliance (ESCA) engages on issues that are relevant to its members. ESCA members are businesses involved in the water-pipe, commonly known as shisha, sector in Europe. such as:
    - Taxation
    - Tobacco-related regulatory issues
    - Preventing illicit trade and counterfeiting
    - Movement of excisable product
    - Social responsibility
    - Better Regulation
    - Intellectual Property

    Responded to the following public Inception Impact Assessment:

    - Tobacco Taxation - Excise Duties for manufacturers tobacco products (updated rules) 5th Jan 2021


    Head Office
    Avenue Louise 143/4
    Brussels 1050
    EU Office
    Avenue Louise 143/4
    Brussels 1050


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Trade and business associations

  • Networking


    None declared

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    50,000€ - 99,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for current year

    None declared

    Closed year Costs

    50,000€ - 99,999€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    None declared

    Groups (European Parliament)

    Unofficial groupings

    Communication activities

    ESCA is active on social media, such as instagram, facebook, linkedin and twitter. The scope of our communications cover non commercial content or commentary on policy or media issues relevant to members.

    We aim to develop outreach initiatives in order to build an evidence based understanding of our unique category and to ensure that the views of our member organisations are conveyed directly to EU Member State representatives where our members are active, EU Commissioners, their assistants, officials and other administrators.

    Of particular interest are policy areas related to taxation, product regulation and cooperation with law enforcement. This includes, but is not limited to DG TAXUD, DG SANTE and DG OLAF. Additionally, there is potential to contact MEPĀ“s directly in regions where shisha tobacco is grown such as Germany or where shisha manufacturing is located such as in Germany, Poland and Spain.

    Specifically, we plan to be involved in drafting and circulating formal letters, information material and position papers, organising events, meetings, or social events, to which Members and their assistants, officials or other staff of the EU institutions may be invited and finally participation in formal consultations or hearings on envisaged EU legislative or other legal acts and other open consultations.

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    None declared

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