A WESTMINSTER think tank has released a guide to some of the more questionable spending by the European Union (EU), criticising what it claims are examples of poor value for money.
According to the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA), the EU spent €2.4bn (£2.01bn) on advertising in 2008, more than Coca Cola.
Other examples include a total of £265,000 spent on cocktail parties in a single year, as well as £160,000 on an unopened fitness centre for dogs.
According to the TPA, it also costs the EU £150m every year to transport MEPs and their staff between the two European parliament buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg.
The pamphlet points out that 70 per cent of the world’s GDP is not covered by free trade agreements with the EU, meaning that tariffs are levied against imported goods.
In 2011, the UK also had the fourth highest contributions to the EU, standing at €13.83bn (£11.58bn), lower only than contributions from Germany, France and Italy.