Barroso’s EU book ‘waste of money’

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has accused European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso of wasting taxpayers’ money with a book produced to mark the end of his 10 years in Brussels’ top job.

Mr Barroso presented copies of the 616-page tome to EU leaders including David Cameron as they arrived for his final European Council summit before stepping down at the end of this month.

The lavish volume – entitled European Commission 2004-2014 – A Testimony by the President with Selected Documents – features an essay by Mr Barroso, with a selection of his speeches and 27 pages of photos of him with world leaders and celebrities including Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, the Pope and U2 singer Bono.

Mr Shapps said that the tone of the book was “delusional and self-serving”, pointing to passages saying that “the EU is coming out of the crisis stronger than it was before” and “Europe needs to entrench its institutional and economic strength … because Europe is also a cultural project”.

The Tory chairman said: “Bureaucrat Barroso is trying to rewrite history, with this delusional and self-serving memoir.

“Enough is enough: the EU should not be wasting our hard-earned money on ridiculous propaganda stunts, and vanity projects like this. It’s a slap in the face for British taxpayers.”

Asked what the PM thought of his gift, one British source said: “Well, it’s got some nice photos of the G8 (summit in Northern Ireland), but we’ve got lots of those already.”

Mr Barroso hands over the Commission presidency to Jean-Claude Juncker at the end of October, after 10 years in the post.

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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