Tory betrayal means taxpayers will be giving billions to Brussels post Brexit - Jonathan Bullock MEP
Speeches » Tory betrayal means taxpayers will be giving billions to Brussels post Brexit - Jonathan Bullock MEP
Here we are once again with the Council refusing to cooperate with the discharge procedure.
This is probably one of the few issues I actually agree with this parliament on - that there should be more transparency and oversight over the use of the EU Council budget.
It begs the question, does the Council have something to hide?
Well, let's take a look at some of their spending:
The Council spent 55,000 euros to hold a staff party for up to 1,200 people on their premises in early 2018.
This party included: butlers, cooks, bartenders and servers. A 3 course meal, champagne, wine and barrels of beer for a bar which would be open until 3 in the morning.
The Council also spent another 25,000 euros for the staff and their children to have a party at "Durbury Adventure Park" in Belgium.
And in previous years the Council put out a tender to purchase 4000 bottles of champagne.
It's no wonder the Council doesn't want parliamentary oversight of their budget.
The EU institutions are public entities paid for with taxpayer's money. It is outrageous that British taxpayers' have to pay for such vain and frivolous events, while at home we have frontline public services cut.
Thank goodness Brexit will mean we will no longer be giving vast contributions to Brussels - but because of the Tory betrayal and never-ending transitional period, the UK will still be giving billions to Brussels for many more years to come.
I urge all colleagues to reject granting the Council discharge.