The Qatari authorities paid for the trip of MEP from Ciudadanos José Ramón Bauzá to Doha to attend the World Aviation Convention (CAPA 2020), on a business class trip and a stay in a five-star hotel, according to information from the portal of transparency of the European Parliament provided by the MEP himself.
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In February 2020, Bauzá participated in Doha in this international conference with representatives of the aviation sector and in which the Director General of Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei, participated, invited by the Qatari authorities who paid for a Qatar Airways ticket in class business, and two nights at the ‘Sheraton Grand Doha Resort’ hotel.
The MEP, coordinator of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament, maintains great international activity and regularly attends tourism forums, the most recent being the World Travel and Tourism Council in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of December or the Global Tourism Forum in Indonesia , in November.
From their office they insist that their trips have always been made with an official invitation as an MEP to participate in events, stating that it is usual for the organizer or the European Parliament to pay for travel and stay.
Bauzá was also in Qatar on December 5 with the Foreign Minister, Sultan bin Saad Al Muraiji, according to the country’s Ministry, on a trip that the MEP’s team does not confirm but whose data is public on the Government of Qatar website. Qatar. Doha reported that the former Balearic president visited the country to attend activities associated with the World Cup.
This last trip is part of his work as president of the EU-Qatar Friendship group, some informal groups within the European Parliament that the president of the institution, Roberta Metsola, has asked to suppress in response to the scandal of bribery of MEPs from Qatar to influence in European politics.
It was Bauzá himself who, after uncovering the plot involving former Vice President Eva Kaili and several MEPs, disassociated himself from any scandal and suspended this informal group that, according to his office, maintains contacts with embassies from third countries to promote ties.
In messages on social networks, he stated that Qatar’s progress is “good news for the Middle East”, but asked for “forcefulness” if it is shown that they have paid a deputy or adviser to influence in their favor.
The European Parliament regulation stipulates that only rapporteurs, shadow rapporteurs and committee chairs must publish information about their meetings with representatives of interest groups that have to do with the decision-making process of the European institutions, regardless of the place.
All other members, including committee vice chairs, branch chairs or coordinators, are not legally required to publish their meeting details, but may do so on a voluntary basis.