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The EU gravy train is spending more EU taxpayer money promoting itself.
The European Union is spending £2.3 billion a year on advertising — all drawn from taxpayer revenue paid over by individual governments. This figure is more than Coca Cola’s entire global marketing budget.

British taxpayers contribute £200 million to this staggering swindle, much of which goes into promoting the EU in schools.

A report just issued by the think-tank ?Open Europe’ has revealed that amongst the bizarre waste of money are projects such as getting schoolchildren to “work with Members of the European Parliament to create a directive on chocolate.”

One website called ‘Europa Go!’, aimed at ten to 14-year-olds, included a quiz called ‘The Euro Game’ which promoted the single currency.

The Open Europe report authors concluded that the EU was “geared not towards providing neutral, balanced information, but towards trying to convince people to support EU integration.”

Open Europe director Lorraine Mullally said: “In Britain, the EU is the most unpopular it has been in 25 years, and yet the Commission is doing nothing serious to correct this.

“Instead of throwing taxpayers’ money at propaganda, EU leaders need to take a long, hard look at what is going wrong.”

Oh and lets not forget this, which they are not mentioning in the £2.3 billion spin exercise. 

The European Union’s institutions in Brussels have been accused of squandering millions of Euro of European taxpayers’ money by paying for their employees’ Christmas travel expenses at a time of economic crisis. Hans-Peter Martin, an independent member of the European Parliament from Austria, wrote to the press denouncing this “shocking privilege.”

“The money would be better spent financing meaningful social projects,” Martin wrote. Last year, the European Commission and the European Council jointly spent just under 47 million Euro (USD 65 million dollars) to pay for the Christmas travel arrangements of their 22,800-odd employees.

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