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Särav: We have not intentionally hidden correspondence with Bolt

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication’s (MKM) communication with Bolt has been honest, and it is necessary to talk with companies to stand up for them, said Sandra Särav, MKM deputy secretary general for economy and innovation told ERR. The failure to register the correspondence was human error, she said.

Estonian ride-sharing startup Bolt aggressively lobbied MKM and drew up a working version of the government’s position on the European Union’s platform work directive, Brussels-based media outlet Euractiv reported this week. Communication that went through Särav, who previously worked at Bolt, should be public information but was not made available to the website despite requests.

Bolt allegedly wrote a letter to the Spanish government, which held the EU’s rotating presidency at the time, and a list of countries supposedly against the directive was sent to Särav.

The deputy secretary general confirmed the correspondence was sent to her, but said she passed it on to another colleague at the ministry,

“To the other deputy secretary-general, whose area of responsibility deals with the Platform Directive, and I also wrote in a letter that I did not want to deal with Bolt issues,” she said.

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