Learning to live with life’s little luxuries

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Series Details 05/10/95, Volume 1, Number 03
Publication Date 05/10/1995
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Date: 05/10/1995

The Union's new Ombudsman Finn Jacob Söderman is having to get used to the trappings of EU life.

In his previous incarnation as governor of Finland's largest province, he pedalled about quite happily on his bicycle.

But in his new job as champion of the people, Söderman, who will travel regularly between Brussels and Strasbourg, is entitled to a company car.

Initial soundings indicated he would be quite happy with a modest set of wheels, so there were raised eyebrows among MEPs on the European Parliament's budget committee when they received a letter from his office requesting a chauffeur-driven vehicle - an arrangement to which he is perfectly entitled.

He is, however, having less luck with premises. MEPs have frowned on the idea of separate offices in Strasbourg and are now trying to find him space in their own parliamentary building.

It makes sense on cost grounds, but might it also hamper his independence?

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