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Council should issue guidance on the sponsorship of Council Presidencies

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has made a recommendation to the Council of the EU that it issue guidance to Member State governments concerning their use of sponsorship to fund the costs of holding the Council Presidency.

The Ombudsman noted that the Presidency is part of the Council, and that the public does not distinguish between the two.

She made the recommendation so as to mitigate the reputational risks to the EU.

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