In what may prove to be a classic case of rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic, the EU is spending $40 million on improving its offices in Strasbourg, reports The Telegraph.The offices in Strasbourg are a bizarre quirk of the EU’s Constitution, and require the EU’s 736 MEPs and thousands of their staff to be ferried from Brussels to France once a month. One week later they are ferried back, at a cost of $234 million a year, meaning the offices are out of use for 6 out of 7 days on average.
The buildings being renovated were bought 5 years ago at a cost of $729 million. They are empty 9 months of the year.
France is blocking any attempt to end the practice of monthly trips to Strasbourg, which prompted the expansion of the offices.
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