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European Parliament Spent £80m on Spin Doctors and TV Channel

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TEHRAN, March 19 (ICANA) – European Parliament spending has been questioned after a report shows that over £80 million was paid to spin doctors, on propaganda prizes and a television channel for MEPs that is watched by less than a thousand people a day.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:41:23 PM
European Parliament Spent £80m on Spin Doctors and TV Channel

Ville Itala, a centre-right Finnish MEP on the parliament's budgetary control committee, is concerned that the EU assembly is spending money to justify its own existence rather than representing voters.

"I am looking out for the taxpayer and the normal citizen. We must be very careful. We are here to represent citizens, not to justify our positions," he said, according to telegraph.co.uk.

In his draft "discharge" report on expenditure in 2009, Itala has demanded a "detailed explanation of the underlying need" of the parliament's 722 communication posts that cost £70.8 million.

Despite the legions of spin doctors, the Finn noted, "with concern", that a £4.9 million campaign to persuade people to vote in the 2009 European elections had actually resulted in "overall decline in turnout" to its lowest ever level of 43 per cent.

He has singled out "deplorable" spending of £7.9 million a year on EuroparlTV, a television channel, which "cannot be considered to be a success story in view of its very low number of direct users".

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