As the European Union dictates harsh austerity measures to southern European countries, its own budget is to increase by 2.8 percent. The cost of the new EU HQ in Luxembourg is €450 million.
The cost of the new EU headquarters is set to be €450 million (£350 / $543 million), the exact amount to be borne by British taxpayers towards the running costs of the unstoppable European gravy train.
The Konrad Adenauer centre in Luxembourg will include restaurants and a gym, and house 2,000 staff. Plans for the building include a “majestic entry portal” built on 16 steel pylons. According to the Sun the new building has been slated as an "extravagant waste" by critics.
Europa.eu reports the building will be compliant with the most exacting environmental standards, as voted in by the EU legislative body. The state of the art heating and cooling systems stand in direct contrast to the lack of heating afforded by southern European hospitals and schools in the midst of the economic crisis.
The Telegraph reported the "total salary bill for staff at EU institutions in 2011 was more than £2.7 billion." British Euro-skeptic MPs have criticised the continual outflow of funds towards the EU, particularly when the funds are squandered on such lavish projects whilst cost cutting is the mantra at home.
Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander MP declared “An increase in spending on the EU this year is unacceptable. For all their tough talk, the Government have ultimately failed to deliver a cut in the budget.”