Private jets and posh hotels: how EU commissioners spent 500,000 euros in two months

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European Union commissioners spent nearly 500,000 euros on travel expenses in just two months in 2016, including 75,000 euros on a trip to Azerbaijan and Armenia by the EU’s foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini and 27,000 euros on a round trip to Rome by Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. The partial details on commissioners’ spending were released only after a lengthy campaign by a Spanish rights organization which is demanding that their expenses be systematically posted online, which the Commission is refusing to do. Mediapart’s Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant reports.

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Over the first two months of 2016, European Union (EU) commissioners racked up travel expenses of almost 500,000 euros according to documents released by the European Commission (EC) under pressure from a Spanish rights organization.