Eurocrats quietly axe EU parliament budget debate after ‘chronic waste of taxpayers’ cash’

Monday, March 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

EUROCRATS have quietly axed a traditional debate on the size and priorities of the EU parliament’s budget following a backlash against chronic waste of taxpayers’ cash, Express.co.uk can reveal today.

By NICK GUTTERIDGE, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT
Express.co.uk
Mar 20, 2017

Senior officials have dropped plans to hold a discussion on 2018 spending commitments in light of a series of controversies over pay and perks afforded to officials.

Brussels has been stung by criticism over its proposals to bankroll a permanent armed guard for the EU parliament president, Antonio Tajani, and to invest in new restaurant and creche facilities.

The plans to boost its budget to an eye watering £1.7bn provoked a strong negative response from the media and voters when they were leaked last month, coming at a time of continuing austerity in many member states.

And now EU sources have told express.co.uk the budget will no longer be debated by MEPs during next month’s plenary season in a clear break with precedent set in recent years.

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