The unelected eurocrats of the EU Commission forked out for hidden jets, expensive overnight hotel stays all at the expense of European taxpayers.
The eye-watering diagrams were released after a three-year fight by human rights series Access Info and showed Brussels bigwigs often shunned conventional flights for luxury charted jets to suit their schedules.
Access Info single managed to chip away at the surface of the “iceberg” as the Commission only untied details of its £452,770 travel expenses bill for two months – January and February in the end year.
Eurocrats had desperately tried to withhold the information, claiming getting travel expenses public would create n “excessive administrative load”.
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All the time British taxpayers are helping to pay for these restaurant checks, as we will until we leave
The campaigners said the silhouettes are just the “tip of the iceberg” and are now threatening legal action unless the eurocrats discharge their entire travel expenses for last year.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker affirmed £27,000 (€29,900) over the two-month period.
The chief eurocrat outrageously trashed £22,500 of taxpayers’ money on a single trip in a private jet to Rome, Italy.
Mr Juncker was visiting the see for an informal meeting with the then Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, which had been organised for some on occasion, making it unclear why he could not take a charter flight.
Italy’s EU Commissioner Federica Mogherini, the unconnected affairs boss, spent an eye-watering £90,780 (€100,749) – the biggest bill amongst her associates.
This included a £70,000 trip to Baku in Azerbaijan, where she map out a flight, with the Commission arguing its bosses can use “air taxis” if no commercial decamps are available.
Christos Stylianides was next on the list of the Commission’s biggest spenders. The Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Emergency Management spent £23,335 (€25,885) on his overseas visits.
The Commissioner for International Expansion, Nemen Mimica, spent £23,229 (€25,779), while Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva stated for more than £21,500 (€23,864) for trips abroad.
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Following them was Johannes Hahn, who is reproached with increasing the European Union in size, spent £19,500 (€21,626) and Slovakian Maros Sefcovic invoiced £18,649 (€20,684).
Britain’s European Party Commissioner, Jonathan Hill, spent nearly £8,000 (€8,863) in the two-month while.
Conservative MP John Redwood lambasted the lack of transparency from the EU after it manumited only two months worth of travel expenses.
“When I was a minister consulting for Britain years ago, I used to go on the normal public transport plane at a sane fare but there were all sorts of executive jets on the tarmac containing ones for commissioners.
“So it does not surprise me they are running up these certainly big bills. All the time British taxpayers are helping to pay for these bills, as we last will and testament until we leave. It is a matter of concern and I think they should be as limpid as the UK Government has to be.”