04 OCT 2010
By Martin Banks | The Parliament
MEPs have come under fire after they approved a huge 85 per cent increase in the amount parliament spends on "entertainment".
UkipMEP Marta Andreasen said the move was a "scandal when ordinary people are losing their jobs."
The move means the 2011 "entertainment" budget is set to rise from €1.1m to just over €2m, an increase of 85 per cent on 2010.
According to an internal document seen by this website, the budget is intended to fund expenses related to the obligations of the institution regarding entertainment; represent expenses of the president when he or she is travelling outside the working place and cover the secretarial budget of the president's office.
It will also incorporate the secretariat’s reception and representation costs, including the purchase of items and medals for officials who have completed 15 or 25 years’ service; miscellaneous protocol expenditure, such as on flags, display stands, invitation cards, printed menus and travel and subsistence expenses incurred by VIP visitors to the institution.
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