The European Union is known for some rather decadent spending practices, but some of its buys are just plain wacky.From private jets to lasers, this bureaucratic giant is finding ways to splash the cash.
And with the European Commission is asking for a 4.9% increase in its budget, it’s likely these practices are going to get even more creative over time.
The EU spent €85,632 for the Swedish city of Malmo to make a computerized version of itself for a game. The game is reportedly unpopular.
Source: Open Europe
Barroso's office racked up €249,000 on charges for private jets in just 9 months. During this period, he attended the UN conference on climate change.
Source: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
The EU subsidized an skiing holiday in the Alps for MEPs and their families.
Source: The Telegraph
The EU spent 23,977 in Serbia on using silent-movie slapstick to promote 'non-verbal communication'.
Source: Open Europe.
The EU spent £160,000 on a fitness centre for dogs in Hungary. The worst part? It never opened.
Source: The Sun
The EU spent €8,000 for a 'Supply of Fast Light Pulser.'
The Taxpayers alliance writes, 'whether it was for an office disco, or for strapping onto the EU's Galileo satellite system to be used by a bald man with a white cat, remains less than certain.'
Source: Taxpayers Alliance
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