Jean-Claude Juncker spent 23k on private jet jaunt to Italy, papers reveal
He also spent €500 of taxpayers’ money on a hotel for the night.
Brexiteers have already found plenty of reasons to attack Jean-Claude Juncker.
And now the president of the European Commission has handed them a whole new supply of ammunition.
The European Commission was today plunged into a row over travel expenses after it emerged that it spent half a million euros on travel for its commissioners in January and February 2016.
Most notably, the documents show that Juncker splashed out an eye-watering £23,500 (€26,000) of taxpayers’ money on a private plane for a two-day visit to Rome.
The high-rolling Commission president also presented a hotel bill of £450 (€500) for the one-night trip.
Juncker was visiting the city for an informal meeting with the then Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi which had been organised for some time, suggesting he could have easily taken a charter flight had he wanted to.
The private jet trip was revealed this morning after the Spanish NGO Access info won a three-year legal battle with eurocrats and forced them to publish details of Commissioners’ expenses.
They show that Juncker also charged a hefty £1,586 for a one-night trip to Berlin and £659 travel costs for a single trip to the EU parliament in Strasbourg.
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