Brussels plans to fork out on business class flights and hotels for couriers transporting “artefacts” from across the world to the European House of History. The venue in the Belgian capital is home to Brexit-bashing items, such as former Labour Party MEP Seb Dance’s handwritten “He’s lying to you” sign used to taunt Nigel Farage and a UK-EU “always united” scarf worn by Remainers on the UK’s final day of membership. The EU-funded museum, which set taxpayers back £47million, also features anti-EU protest banners and a T-shirt from the official Vote Leave campaign.
Over the next four years, the bloc will spend a further £1.4million fetching relics from across the globe for future exhibitions.
German MEP Nicolaus Fest said: “The EU’s relentless pursuit to establish a common European knows no bounds.
“This is an astonishing waste of taxpayers’ money – it would be much cheaper to relocate the fossils that run the Commission.
“Like its collection, the EU will soon be consigned to history if it continues with such frivolous spending.”
Eurocrats have signed a contract for the “provision of specialised transport services for museum objects”.
According to internal documents, couriers will be allowed to book business class flights when travelling outside of the 27-member bloc.
They will also be handed £135 a night for hotels and £93 for dining out while away on their missions.
And can claim £45 for a taxi from Brussels airport to their hotel in the city centre, a journey normally costing half the amount with ride-hailing app Uber.
The leaked paper says: “Many of the objects on display at the HEH are on loan from museums from all over Europe, but also from all regions of the world.
“As the museum often hosts temporary exhibitions on a yearly basis, there is a requirement to have artefacts brought over and repatriated back to their country.”
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“Contractors are expected to maintain their emissions within acceptable levels, and achieve reduced carbon emissions where possible.”
Since opening in 2017, the EU-funded establishment has been previously described as a “house of horrors” and “an expensive, wrong-headed palace of propaganda”.
In recent weeks it has also been revealed the bloc spent £23 million on circus acts in the last six years.