EU spending €150m a year on consultants
AN €84,000 bill for drawing up a questionnaire asking EU officials about their career plans was among European Commission spending on consultants that averages more than €150m a year.
Despite a ballooning administration budget -- already €7.9bn a year and due to grow by 4.5pc next year -- the EU spent more than €601m on "external advice" between 2005 and 2008.
Mats Persson, the director of the Open Europe campaign group, highlighted the spending of €696,000 on research into marketing fruit, and a €348,000 study on domestic violence in Afghanistan. (© Daily Telegraph, London)