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Letter to Daily Express on EU symbol on national sport strips

July 14th, 2011

A letter sent by the European Parliament office to the Daily Express in answer to their article about “Brussels” “forcing” national teams to wear the EU symbol. It is worth pointing out that the report being discussed today is looking at ways to respond to pan-European challenges such as in the fight against violence and racism in sport, doping, encouraging good governance in sport, and helping associations establish mechanisms for the collective selling of media rights to ensure adequate redistribution of revenues.

Sir,
 
Your front page story today contains a number of very misleading statements and basic inaccuracies.
 
As we have already made clear to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, when it first published this story several days ago, “Brussels” is not forcing British teams to wear the EU flag now, nor is it remotely likely to do so ever.

A single Spanish MEP has at this stage floated a suggestion.
 
The report referred to by both the Daily Telegraph and your publication  will not be voted on by the committee today, this week or next – this is scheduled for  October – and it is unlikely to be voted on by the European Parliament as a whole till November at least.
 
It can be amended at every stage of the process, making it possible for MEPs to oppose the suggestion that players should wear the EU flag on their shirts.
 
Even if the whole Parliament ended up endorsing the report in its entirety this would simply constitute the basis for a request to the European Commission to come up with a legislative proposal which would then have to be agreed by EU ministers as well as MEPs.
 
Best regards,
 
Paola Buonadonna
Press Attachée

European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom

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