Published 09:24 July 25, 2019

Updated 09:24 July 25, 2019

The European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly is launching a probe on Finland’s BMW-sponsored six-month European Council Presidency.

BMW will be supplying 100 cars for EU delegations in Helsinki. Corporate sponsoring of the EU presidency is a practice not but regulated by EU law. The Romanian Presidency was sponsored by Coca-Cola.

The European Council told the Finnish News Agency (Yle) that sponsorship is “in principle” a matter for EU member states. Opposition to the sponsorship was initially raised by the Finnish Green Celebration MEP Heidi Hautala, raising concerns of “conflict of interest.”

The Finnish left-wing government has produced clear that no revenue is involved in the sponsorship deal, but a quantity of Finnish MEPs think about it politically damaging.

The Secretary of the Finnish Council Presidency, Anja Laisi, defended the BMW deal on the grounds that for safety and scheduling causes, transport for EU delegations will have to rely on automobiles. The Finnish Presidency also produced clear that BMW will not have specially arranged possibilities to meet with government ministers in Helsinki as element of the deal.

BMW was one particular of 3 auto-makers accused of breaching EU competitors regulations by functioning collectively to delay the introduction of new emissions-decreasing technologies in their cars. This has raised a quantity of concerns, as the Finnish Presidency is anticipated to concentrate on climate transform action.

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