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EU spending €150m a year on consultants

Bruno Waterfield in Brussels

Published 07/08/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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)

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