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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Common provisions on the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund Plus, the Cohesion Fund, and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and financial rules for those (debate)

  Raymond Finch (EFDD). – Mr President, the EU always proudly pontificates on how it’s chasing greater efficiency in how it spends money. Apart from the glaring fact that this is utter poppycock and you play a game of ‘what is the dumbest project we can fund this week?’, this is not the EU’s money. It’s taken from the pockets of the taxpayers from the individual nations to fund your insane and dangerous vanity project to create a modern Napoleonic empire.

At what level did the EUR 400 000 you set aside in this budget for a Cheese Experience Centre in the Netherlands look like a smart way to burn taxpayers’ cash? There are lots more ways the EU has found to creatively destroy ordinary people’s money. Your much—lauded House of European History, a trip through your ideological looking glass, where you’ve applied a Marxist-style theory of historical inevitability to justify your empire, cost over EUR 55 million to build.

I have an idea to chase greater financial efficiency. Let the other 27 nations follow the UK’s lead and leave this place, and let the individual nations and their peoples decide how and whether to spend their money.

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