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The price of a Belgian apparatchik
Date 17/10/2010 16:29  Author webmaster  Hits 979  Language Global
17 OCT 2010

Hermann Van Rompuy, President of the EU, looks to be a very expensive figurehead indeed, says Christopher Booker

By Christopher Booker | Telegraph

There was some excitement over the discovery by Bruno Waterfield, The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, that the EU President, Hermann van Rompuy, spent more than £4,000 of EU taxpayers’ money on a motorcade, to take nine members of his family to catch a holiday flight from Paris in August. Mr Waterfield also noted that the EU’s new post of president, created under the Lisbon Treaty, has a salary of £263,000 a year, more than President Obama’s.

He might also have added that EU taxpayers are now paying £280 million to build Mr van Rompouy a lavish presidential palace in Brussels – £40 million of it contributed by UK taxpayers. Not (as I observed last year) that we will notice, since at that point we were already paying £40 million to the EU every single day – even while Buckingham Palace officials were pleading, in vain, that the Queen desperately needed £40 million for urgent repairs to the Royal palaces.

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