Friday, 9 January 2009

EU staff get a free ride for Christmas

An Austrian member of the European Parliament has denounced the EU practice of paying for employees’ Christmas travel home, especially at a time of financial crisis.  Last year the European Commission and Council spent just under 47 million euros on Christmas travel arrangements, which Hans-Peter Martin MEP denounced as a “shocking privilege.” (New Europe Open Europe blog, 17 December)

This article first appeared on Open Europe.