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EU spent more on travel than food aid in 2010

THE EU spent more on travel for Eurocrats and MEPs last year than on food aid for poor countries.

Visits to nations overseas cost €153m, while a further €121m went on staff allowances, according to research by the Open Europe think-tank. The €274m total exceeded the amount spent on food aid in the European Commission's €237m humanitarian budget last year.

"Far too often these trips simply send out the wrong message," said Sian Herbert, of Open Europe.

"This is yet another example of why the EU budget is in need of serious reform."

Irish Independent