How much did each of the 28 European Union commissioners spend on travel?

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

While the sum includes travel expenses by all 28 Euro commissioners, the costs incurred by two top European Union officials stood out.

The revelations came after Spanish NGO Access Info and Belgian magazine Knack published details of commissioners' travel costs for January and February a year ago, which they had obtained via freedom of information requests.

The figures, stripped of any information that identifies hotels and of itemised receipts, showed that the European Commission spent €492,249 (£444,972) on 261 official trips in January and February 2016, nearly €1,900 per trip on average.

EUROPEAN Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and his team racked up an expenses bill of almost €27,000 (£24,400) by chartering a private jet for a one-night trip to Rome. Mr Juncker took a nine-person delegation on an air taxi to Rome in February previous year at a cost of €26,351 - described by former Ukip leader Nigel Farage as "outrageous".

Mina Andreeva, a commission spokeswoman, said in Brussels on Wednesday (9 August) that the Juncker trip involved eight other people and that the cost per person was about €2,900.

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Eurocrats had desperately tried to withhold the information, claiming making travel expenses public would create an "excessive administrative burden".

Brexiteers have already found plenty of reasons to attack Jean-Claude Juncker.

"I suppose these junket expenses are all part of the make-believe "Brexit bill" which these Commissioners have plucked out of thin air and trying to extort from our government".

Access Info said they would continue to push for more transparency from the EU Commission, predicting that the revelations could be just "the tip of the iceberg" and mulling legal action if the EU refuses to disclose its expenses in full.

And now the president of the European Commission has handed them a whole new supply of ammunition.

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