23. juni 2015 13:43
Employees of Southern Denmark Region may continue to fly with Ryanair - at least for a while longer.
The SPP and the Red-Green Alliance wanted them only to fly with companies that had an agreement with National Procurement Ltd - Denmark - the state procurement agency.
However, at a regional meeting yesterday, a majority of Liberal and Social Democrats voted that civil servants must first investigate the practical and economic consequences of a ban on flying with specific air carriers.
"We would like the case to be investigated by civil servants in a committee. The Social Democrats would like to see this organised to suit Danish conditions, but we would like to consider the implications more before taking a decision in the regional council," said Social Democrat, Poul Erik Svendsen to DR Fyn.
Boycott may be illegal
Earlier this month, a number of Social Democrats wanted to boycott a number of companies, including Ryanair, for poor working conditions for their employees. However, according to the regions' own civil servants, this may be illegal.
"It is the administration's opinion that boycotting Ryanair may be against the equal opportunities principle. We therefore believe that a decision to do this would be illegal," wrote Southern Denmark Region, in a response to Karsten Hønge (SPP) at the beginning of June.
Ryanair, which had already complained to the European Commission because the City of Copenhagen had decided to boycott the budget airline, was of the same opinion.
"The mayor of Copenhagen and the other municipal authorities are breaking EU law by preventing employees from flying with Ryanair and there is no substance to their case," wrote Ryanair in a mail to DR Fyn on 5 June.
Vibeke Syppli Enrum, regional council member for the Red-Green Alliance, would still like to exclude the Irish budget airline.
"It was too hasty a decision. Many local authorities have decided not to fly with Ryanair and only to use airlines recommended by the government agreement," she said to DR Fyn.
The joint Red-Green/SPP proposal was rejected in February on the grounds that a ban was illegal.
It is expected that civil servants will be able to consider the case, so that the regional council can decide on the question after the summer break.
A similar suggestion for a boycott from the Central Jutland Region was thrown out by the regional council in April.