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“It is very worrying that governments, in return for relatively small amounts of sponsorship money, are willing to risk damaging their credibility and that of the EU presidency,” said Olivier Hoedeman, research and campaigns coordinator at Corporate Europe Observatory, a Brussels corruption watchdog.

BMW and Audi say their sponsorship was only about raising their profile in European markets.  Audi, for example, said it regularly applied via tenders to provide cars for events because “it helps the Audi brand to increase both reputation and popularity”.

Ireland criticised over EU Presidency car fleet (RTE)

THE GOVERNMENT will use its presidency of the European Union next year to advance plans for a “youth guarantee” scheme that would ensure young people who are out of work will automatically be directed into employment, education or training.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said she will use the presidency, from January next year, to help deliver proposals for the new scheme, which would be targeted at any under-25s who are out of work.

She was unable to say when the scheme could be delivered or how much it would cost, but she expressed confidence that money could be sourced from the European Social Fund.

Under the plans, which are still being drawn up at European level, governments would initially fund training, further education or apprenticeships for any young person who is out of work for four months or more.

As the job-seeker then gains more experience in the workplace, the employer would begin to pay.

Brilliant. What could possibly go wrong?

Burton says Ireland’s EU presidency will help jobless youth (Carl O’Brien, Irish Times)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)