European Union chiefs hope to rent a palatial building for €6 million per year on the French capital’s elite Boulevard Haussmann
European Union chiefs hope to rent a palatial building for €6 million per year on the French capital’s elite Boulevard Haussmann.
The EU want to rent a building in Paris as a ‘communication space’
Brits could have to cough up for the building too
And their new “House of Europe” would come with a whopping €12 billion renovation bill to turn it into “a communication space for all citizens.”
But a similar building in Brussels has been branded a “cocktail club” for Eurocrats and MEPS.
The 4,000 square metre neoclassical building shares the tree-lined street with the fictional HQ of James Bond’s evil nemesis group SPECTRE.
In Ian Fleming’s Thunderball, the sinister cross-border organisation set on killing the British hero, are based at 136 Boulevard Haussmann.
Now the EU are trying to move into number 51, and Britain contributed around 13.75 per cent of the EU budget in 2016.
Outraged Brexiteers have lashed out at the vast expense “frittered away” on a “vanity project” for the EU elite.
Iain Duncan Smith hit out at the news today
Even if the UK paid just one year of contributions toward this €18 million project before we quit the bloc, our share of the bill would be €2.475 million – or £2.2 million at current exchange rates.
According a memo leaked to Politico, the EU’s current Paris property “no longer fulfils all the requirement of a House of Europe, and in particular lacks public space.”
It adds that “technical, legal and economic negotiations” are underway with the aim of “preparing all the preliminary steps necessary for the signature of a lease contract.”
Ex-Cabinet Minister Iain Duncan Smith, who was a prominent Leave campaigner at last year’s historic referendum, hit out: “Just look how the EU disregards the plight of people in Europe.”
The Tory grandee added: “With millions still out of work in countries from France to Greece you would think the EU would choose to help them, instead they fritter vast amounts of taxpayers money away on vanity projects that benefit only the elite who run the EU.”
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