High ranking staff in the European Parliament are getting an early Christmas present this year. 1100 of the “higher management” will be receiving tablet computers at a cost to the taxpayer of 1360 Euros each.
MEPs sitting on the Budgets Committee signed off on the move last week, an initial pilot project that is envisioned will be rolled out to all MEPs and other management over the next parliamentary term 2014-2019.
The 1100 tablets will cost 1.5 Million Euro, which includes helpdesk support and maintenance.
The parliament says the use of tablets will contribute to “cost reduction, reduction of the organisation’s own carbon footprint, improved mobility and increased productivity.”
Lavishing hugely expensive tablets on its staff just proves, yet again, how removed the European Parliament bureaucracy feel they are from the financial crisis.
They preach the need for austerity to everyone but themselves. Trying to dress up this move as an attempt to increase productivity and reduce their carbon footprint is treating taxpayers as fools.
I usually tweet bits of news as I get them, and this story generated a lot of heat from pro-EU sources. Don’t forget you can catch me on twitter @mandreasen
The Daily Telegraph picked up the story, which you can read in full here: