In 2014, the total bill was 35,376,819 euros (£28 million). Pro-Brexit campaigners said the findings showed how Eurocrats were able to live a ‘life of luxury’ at our expense.
Vote Leave said some of the ‘worst examples’ include 439,341 euros (£349,000) on Luxaviation – a private jet provider which offers a choice of 250 aircraft, wines from their own extensive cellar, on-board culinary facilities and uniformed hostesses.
A further £176,700 went on luxury hotels, including £43,400 at the five-star Stamford Hotel in Brisbane and £17,600 at the five-star Shangri La Hotel in Singapore, which offers ‘signature’ massages at its Chi Massage Spa.
Officials from the EC departments responsible for the ‘Environment’ spent £12,300 on resorts including £6,500 on the Alpine Gangwon-Do Resort in South Korea and its ‘composite tourism complex’ which features artificial alpine lakes.
EU spin doctors and researchers lavished £18,800 on chauffeur taxi services including Don Williams Chauffeur Services, an elite and ‘pet friendly’ chauffeur service, which operates Range Rovers and Mercedes V and S-class vehicles.