European Union sponsored by Coca-Cola, other corporations


This is a December 2018 Dutch Foodwatch video. It was recorded at the Efteling fairy tale theme park in the Netherlands, mostly visited by children. The video protests against the Coca-Cola sponsorship of the Efteling; while the sugar in Coca-Cola causes obesity in children.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

There is commotion in Brussels about the fact that Coca-Cola is sponsoring European Union president Romania, just as the EU talks about new food guidelines and possible sugar levies for soft drink manufacturers.

The Dutch Socialist Party has asked questions to the European Commission. The party wants to know how much influence a sponsor can exert on the policy and whether there are clear rules about it.

The EU correspondent of the German channel ZDF posted photos on Twitter of the space where EU foreign ministers meet.

That Coca-Cola and other large corporations sponsor the EU president is not new. Countries that chair the European Union (which rotates every six months) often seek partners to pay for their presidency. Romania, now President of the Council, receives, in addition to support from Coca-Cola, also money from Renault and Mercedes.

Action group Foodwatch started the discussion about the sponsorship by Coca-Cola. “That politics is directly and unabashedly sponsored by such food giants is too absurd for words.”

Foodwatch has started a petition to immediately terminate the cooperation between Romania and Coca-Cola. The action group also called on President Tusk of the European Council for a sponsorship policy with clear rules for future presidencies. Politics discuss topics in which Coca-Cola has a clear interest, according to Foodwatch.

Dutch presidency

The Netherlands also received sponsor money during its 2016 presidency. Ziggo, AkzoNobel, Philips and Heineken NL were then the corporate paymasters.

At the time, sponsor proposals had to generate a minimum of 5000 euros. It was for paying additional costs for the Netherlands. The money was spent on conferences and hotel stays for delegations from abroad.

In 2004, the Netherlands also tried to collect sponsor money, but then there was no interest from the business community. All costs just had to be paid by the government.

Coca-Cola’s bottler in Haiti systematically denies workers’ rights: here.

Industry sponsorship of public health research has received increasing scrutiny, and, as a result, many multinational corporations (MNCs), such as The Coca-Cola Company and Mars Inc., have committed to transparency with regard to what they fund, and the findings of funded research. However, these MNCs often fund charities, both national and international, which then support research and promote industry-favourable policy positions to leaders. We explore whether one industry funded charity, the International Life Sciences Institute (‘ILSI’), is the scientifically objective, non-lobby, internationally-credible body that it suggests it is, so as to aid the international health and scientific communities to judge ILSI’s outputs: here.

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  2. Europees Parlement wil geen sponsors meer voor EU-voorzitter

    Het land dat de EU voorzit, mag niet meer door een sponsor worden geholpen om uit de kosten te komen, vindt het Europees Parlement. Dus straks geen Coca Cola meer als sponsor van de Roemeense voorzitter tijdens gesprekken over de aanpassing van de suikerrichtlijn voor frisdranken of BMW dat de huidige voorzitter Finland sponsort, terwijl er volop wordt gesproken over de aanpassing van de uitstootnormen voor auto’s.

    Volgens een grote meerderheid in het parlement moeten de kosten voor het voorzitterschap, dat ieder half jaar door een ander EU-land wordt vervuld, worden betaald uit de algemene middelen. “Uit de begroting”, legt Lara Wolters van de PvdA uit.

    “Het is absurd dat een publieke instelling geld krijgt van een private sponsor. BMW schenkt als private sponsor honderd auto’s aan voorzitter Finland. En dat terwijl de discussie over wat auto’s mogen uitstoten volop woedt.”

    Vermenging van belangen
    Wolters, die het initiatief nam tot de uitspraak van het parlement, wil geen vermenging van belangen. “We moeten af van het beeld dat een paar trekpoppen het beleid van de EU kunnen bepalen.” De kwestie ligt nu op het bordje van de Europese Raad die moet kijken of ze ruimte willen vinden op de begroting.

    De discussie over sponsoring begon begin dit jaar, nadat toenmalig EU-voorzitter Roemenië in opspraak was geraakt door de sponsoring van Coca Cola.

    Sinds het begin van deze eeuw lopen de kosten die landen maken als EU-voorzitter fors op. Ook Nederland had tijdens het voorzitterschap in 2016 een aantal sponsors om uit de kosten te komen. Ziggo, AkzoNobel, Philips en Heineken NL waren toen de bedrijven die voor bedragen van minimaal 5000 euro in de buidel tastten.
    Het geld werd onder meer uitgegeven aan conferenties en hotelovernachtingen voor delegaties uit het buitenland.

    Bron: NOS Online 25-09-2019

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