US tech firms increase spending on Brussels lobbying
US tech firms are spending more on lobbyists in Brussels as the European Commission toughens its stance on tax avoidance and antitrust, Reuters reports. Google declared spending of up to €4.5m last year, compared with €4m the year before and €1.5m in 2013. Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Uber are also big spenders. Apple claims to have five part-time staff in Brussels and to spend no more than €900,000 a year.