By Justin Dunn
MIDWEEK Sport spent last week in Brussels – the heart of Europe – unearthing the TRUTH about how our taxes are spent there.
Our stay was brief, enlightening – and very, VERY frightening.
In Sunday Sport we revealed how Eurocrats – many of whom earn more than our own Prime Minister – often skip work to romp with colleagues in the Belgian capital’s notorious “f*** hotels”.
We also revealed how the European Parliament is split between Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg – meaning 754 MEPs and their staff have to be pointlessly ferried between the three at huge expense to both the taxpayer and the environment.
Today, in the second of our exclusive series, we’ll show how the EU preaches one thing but practices another – urging countries to slash spending while being irresponsible spendthrifts themselves.
And we’ll also show how the unelected Eurocrats are so hell-bent on driving their self-serving institutions forward that they’re prepared to rewrite history to achieve their goal…
WORLD War II – which claimed the lives of up to 70 million people – is to be wiped from history by the European Union.
Currently being built in Brussels, under the instructions of the all-powerful, unelected 27-man European Commission, is a new museum called The House of European History.
It’s costing taxpayers like Midweek Sport readers an incredible £137 million to construct – partly funded by the £53 million Britain sends to the EU every single DAY.
The idea of the museum is to promote an awareness of the mythical “European identity” – urging people not to think of themselves as British, German, or French, for instance, but European.
At The House of European History, history will astonishing BEGIN in 1946 – a year after Britain and its allies forced Germany to surrender after six years of the Second World War.
Except the conflict will no longer be called World War II or the Second World War.
Astonishingly, it is to be renamed the “European Civil War”. Who knows, maybe by the time the museum has opened the Germans won’t have even invaded Poland…
As our host in Brussels, UKIP deputy leader and North West MEP Paul Nuttall, put it: “The staggering rewriting of history with fictional titles for events demonstrates how the EU propaganda machine is dedicated to achieving its aims.”
It’s not as though Brussels doesn’t have enough pro-Europe misinformation on display already, either.
Opposite the main building is The Parliamentarium, an £18 million visitors centre which when I visited last Wednesday morning was host to just a trickle of bored looking attendees.
Its job is to not only show visitors the workings of the European Parliament, it is also shamelessly plugging the EU agenda.
In the propaganda centre various rooms and exhibits reinforce the “value” of the EU.
Along one wall more than 100 yards long, an array of pictures show historical European figures, reinforcing the image that Europe has naturally always been an integrated whole.
They wouldn’t want a pesky little thing like World War Two ruin that perspective, would they?
THE European Parliament preaches austerity in a bid to prop up his disastrous single currency, the Euro.
Just look at what’s happening in Cyprus – a country brought to its knees by the banking industry.
Now the citizens of Cyprus who’ve been savvy enough to squirrel away money in savings accounts for a rainy day or retirement are being told they may have those savings STOLEN by the EU to pay for the mistakes of others.
If these drastic austerity measures are so vital, surely the EU is leading from the front on watching the pounds and pennies with care?
In the money-no-object world of the European Union, there are ALWAYS millions upon millions of pounds to be found – and ALL of it comes from taxpayers’ pockets.
Luxembourg is the third “seat” of the European Parliament with a £316 million complex housing 2,000 admin staff.
Yet its two debating chambers are never used as most parliament business takes place in Brussels - apart from 40-odd days a year when the circus has to travel to Strasbourg to keep the French and Germans happy.
But that hasn’t stopped the EU revealing plans for a brand new £354 million building for Luxembourg to replace renting five existing buildings – despite calls from some MEPs to settle all parliamentary business in Brussels once and for all.
The new Konrad Adenauer Centre – named after the first post-war German chancellor - will come complete with restaurants and a gym and will house 4,000 staff including clerks, translators and lawyers.
Its plans include a “majestic entry portal” built on 16 steel pylons. The British taxpayer will contribute £50 to the cost of this new complex.
But the cost of the new building and the cost of renovating older existing buildings will total a whopping £685 million.
It is slated to accommodate “support staff” from the European Commission and European Parliament – currently split between Brussels and Strasbourg – meaning even MORE expensive, non-green friendly travelling between the three bases.
The centre – set to open in 2016 – will had a further 3.1million square feet to the nearly 25 million sq ft that European officials already occupy across three cities.
Meanwhile in Brussels, work continues on the construction of the £268 million “Residence Palace” for European Council president Herman Van Pompuy.
THE EU has been paying news agency AFB to pump out pro-EU propaganda for years.
But in 2008 they decided to go one better – and launch their own TV station.
EuroParlTV costs £7.9 million a year to run – all paid for by you – and is so bad that not even the very people it is aimed at tune in.
The station, which highlights the work of MEPs, is only thought to have around 850 viewers a day - considerably less than the 9,000 people working in the parliament itself or the 500 million people the EU assembly claims to represent.
In 2011 Finnish centre-right MEP Ville Itala – sitting on a budget control committee – said the assembly was spending money to justify its own existence rather than representing votes.
He demanded a “detailed explanation of the underlying need” of the parliament's 722 communication posts that cost £70.8 million.
Despite the legions of spin doctors, the Finn noted that a £4.9 million campaign to persuade people to vote in the 2009 European elections had actually resulted in “overall decline in turnout” to its lowest ever level of 43 per cent.
He singled out “deplorable” spending on the EuroparlTV channel, saying it “cannot be considered to be a success story in view of its very low number of direct users”.
He added: “The only people who watch it are in Brussels and they are MEPs or their office staff, not normal citizens.
“Our job is to be a political and legislative institution not to run our own TV station.”
UKIP’s Paul Nuttall is also concerned about prize for journalism worth £17,500 a year rewarding press coverage that “promoted a better understanding of the EU”.
He said: “I really don't understand why we are giving money to journalists whose task should be to be critical of EU institutions. It is not my idea of democracy.”
UKIP leader Nigel Farage added: “The European Parliament has become a nothing more than a spending machine that lavishes public money on projects that are pointless, useless and turn off voters.”
EU staff are amazingly allowed to sign off their own expenses and pay allowances to family members.
In 2011 the European Parliament’s internal auditor found serious problems with “personal entitlements” and perks worth up to £81m a year paid to civil servants.
His for-your-eyes-only report – which was kept secret from most MEPs – revealed examples of officials being paid twice for the same thing or claiming allowances they weren’t entitled to.
His leaked report, which covered a three year period, said cash was being paid out without any receipts or later audit checks.
It also found “critical” irregularities and conflicts of interests concerning procurement contracts worth up to £600m a year.
Marta, Andreasen, whistleblowing former European Commission chief accountant, said: “The parliament’s bureaucracy operates with a total lack of transparency, which is how it gets away with these irregularities.”
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