Written Question: Sponsorship of the Presidency of the Council of the EU by major corporations

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 10 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001446/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Hilde Vautmans (Renew)

Subject: Sponsorship of the Presidency of the Council of the EU by major corporations

Over the past two decades, it has become common practice for Member States holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union to accept sponsorship deals with major companies such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, BMW, Porsche, PepsiCo, Navigator, etc. In return for past or present sponsorship, the interests of these companies are given special consideration by the ministers and policy makers concerned.

Such inadmissible practices in the EU institutions, involving politicians routinely operating cheek by jowl with economic stakeholders, are manifesting themselves in not only sponsorship deals but also legislation and policies introduced by the institutions that clearly have the interests of their ‘sponsors’ very much at heart.

In view of this:

  1. Will the Council take measures to put an end to the very bad example being set by such sponsorship deals and terminate the collusion between political and economic stakeholders?
  2. Can it say what sponsorship deals have been concluded by the current Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council? What companies are involved, what amounts are changing hands and what considerations are being offered in return?
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