The European Commission today revealed the price of sending its officials to the Rio+20 Earth Summit. It cost €590,000 (£475,000) to send five Commissioners, including Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and their entourage of over 60 to Rio.
The meeting, which ends today in the Brazilian city which hosted the first Earth Summit 20 years […]Continue Reading →
Last month, EU diplomats the world over were passing round the Ferrero Rocher and raising glasses of champagne to the European project as the EU marked its “national day” of 9 May. Yet, at a time of austerity, EU Foreign Affairs High Representative Catherine Ashton does not know how much her diplomats are spending […]Continue Reading →
London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis voted not to sign off on the accounts for the European Union’s multi-billion pound aid programme today.
Conservative MEPs have refused to sign off on any part of the EU’s accounts until the Court of Auditors approves the entire budget. Last year the court rejected the budget for the seventeenth […]Continue Reading →
London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today called for a bonfire of EU quangos starting with the Vilnius-based European Institute for Gender Equality.
As Conservative spokesman for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in the European Parliament, Marina sees no value-added in the institute.
In a speech to the European Parliament today, she said: “The Institute is […]Continue Reading →
Calls by EU foreign affairs supremo for a £23 million increase in the budget of her already bloated diplomatic service were criticised today by a Conservative MEP. Marina Yannakoudakis, Member of the European Parliament for London, called the budget increase “shameful” when she had identified nearly £14 million wasted by the service on activities such […]Continue Reading →
Just hours after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was forced to hand in his resignation to Queen Beatrix, an MEP from Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) has been handing out party invitations around the European Parliament.
While most Dutch politicians were considering the future of their country’s economy as a bid […]Continue Reading →
In an answer to a parliamentary question submitted by London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, the European Parliament revealed today that it costs over £12,000 to recruit just a single official to one of the EU institutions.
Marina wrote to the European Commission for more information on the budget of the European Unions recruitment agency EPSO […]Continue Reading →
London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has today spoken out against proposals for an EU Ice Cream Day, especially in light of the current economic crisis.
Proposals put forward by an Italian MEP call for the EU to establish a European Artisanal Gelato Day on 24 March. The declaration proposed by Sergio Silvestris, a member of […]Continue Reading →
In an answer to a parliamentary question submitted by London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, the European Parliament revealed today that it had spent over £9 million (
€11.1 million) on EU orchestras.
EU support to thirteen separate orchestras cost the taxpayer at least £9 million over the past five years with spending highest in […]Continue Reading →
In a speech to the European Parliament today, Conservative MEP for London Marina Yannakoudakis criticised calls for the EU flag to be worn of the uniforms of EU Member State athletes.
She also suggested that the EU should focus on growth and jobs rather than meddling in sport. The European Dimension in Sport report has […]Continue Reading →