26 OCT 2010
By Martin Banks | The Parliament
Eurosceptics have condemned the EU after it was revealed that EU spending on agencies and "quangos" has tripled since 2005 and is set to reach €2.4bn in 2011.
Open Europe, a UK-based think tank, published research at the weekend showing that while 192 quangos in Britain face the axe under the current spending review, "quango-land in Brussels is thriving."
It says the cost of EU quangos has tripled over the past five years.
It is particularly critical of an eight per cent increase in what it calls "quango costs," including the creation of five new EU quangos and support for the existing 47 ones.
They include the European Institute for Gender Equality, which will receive nearly €50m next year.
Open Europe analyst Sian Herbert said, "Despite the austerity measures sweeping Europe, the European commission has proposed a massive 8 per cent increase in the 2011 budget for EU agencies and committees.
"This comes as MEPs last week voted for a 5.9 per cent increase in the EU's overall budget."
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