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.
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.
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