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What a pane in the glass! EU’s staggering £5.5m window cleaning budget mocked – MEP erupts
July 3, 2021
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Internal documents seen by Express.co.uk show that the European Commission is on the look out for a new window-washer to look after its buildings in Brussels. It will cost European taxpayers around £1.3million a year to look after the offices that house roughly 32,000 staff members. A strict set of rules must be followed by the firm that eventually wins the contract.
The document states: “The cleaning of these surfaces must be done in the rules of the art and in respect of the state of cleanliness of the building.
“When cleaning, ‘streaks’ on all adjacent surfaces will be removed.
“Inside buildings, the locations of desks and other furniture can make access to windows and farms difficult. The raining of solar protections, such as blinds, curtains and drapes as well as movement of any objects, furniture or plants on the windowsills or to allow access to the windows are part of the window cleaning services.
“On the other hand, it is forbidden to touch or move any document whatsoever unless the Commission expressly advises the contrary.”
Others rules that the winning window-cleaning firm are expected to follow are set out in a 58-page document.
One Italian MEP mocked the attempt to find a window cleaner, suggesting he’d been attempting to scrub Brussels’ dirty windows for much longer.
Paolo Borchia, of Legal, told Express.co.uk: “MEPs are having to become like window-cleaners trying to scrub the dirt off the EU’s dirty windows.
“It’s quite amazing that a few weeks ago the European Parliament voted against transparency on spending for the Future of Europe conference.
“Even more surprising is that they now wish to spend millions on cleaning windows.
“How things change for real transparency is not their strong point.”
Brussels has become synonymous with its bonkers spending plans, many highlighted by this website in recent months.
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One such EU spending spree involved £23million of taxpayers’ cash being spent on circus acts.
Eurocrats were also accused of squandering cash on an exhibition on the history of European waste, which set them back some £1.2million.
Another £1.4million was spent on stocking the EU’s house of history museum with relics, including sending people on business class flights to fetch them.
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