North East MEP Jonathan Arnott has criticised spending an extra €31,000 on drinks and biscuits for internal EU meetings.
A report was passed today (Wed) in the European Parliament’s budget committee without a vote to transfer that amount of taxpayers’ money to cover the increased cost of tea, coffee, water and biscuits.
Mr Arnott, UKIP Euro-MP and member of the budget committee said later, “Spending an extra €31,000 on that is ludicrously inefficient. If the new contractor is forcing prices up then why not find the most cost efficient provider?
“This is small change to the EU but it sums up their convoluted financial approach. Throwing good money after bad and hoping that nobody notices. It is time for the EU to wake up and smell the coffee and frankly they’re really taking the biscuit this time.”
The extra money will be used to provide those refreshments at plenary sessions of the Committee of the Regions.