“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)
Phoenix Park, this afternoon.
Ossian Smyth writes:
How much for the 50 new, high spec Audi A6s outside Farmleigh today for the Irish EU presidency?
Update: (see comments).
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?
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
“This logo takes its inspiration from Celtic spirals and knotwork. Taking the letter ‘e’ for Europe as a starting point, the spirals radiate out and are woven together to create a fluid, unified shape. Each member (or ‘e’) is linked and works in harmony with the others, reflecting our ambition to ensure the united and effective operation of the EU under our stewardship.”
Ireland’s EU Presidency Logo Launched (Merrion Street)
The losing Logos here
Thanks Niall O’M