Brussels sent 16 young people on an escapade across the continent as part of a European Union propaganda campaign. The jollies – which cost around £ 312,500 per person – included unique opportunities, such as meeting Santa Claus in Lapland, beer-brewing lessons, wine tastings and tickets to music festivals. The money was spent between 2018 and 2019, meaning UK taxpayers paid £ 650,000 for the project.

German MEP Nicolaus Fest, who unearthed some of the artifacts, said: “There are three constants in the EU: bureaucracy, waste and nonsense.

“Here the EU shows this better than ever by generously funding young travelers to travel through Europe drinking wine, making beer and partying at music festivals.

“How exactly can the EU justify such dismal spending as benefiting ordinary citizens of Europe is beyond me.

“This is clearly an expensive vanity project gone wrong and will no doubt leave most citizens bewildered and angry.”

The project was set up to counter a “lack of awareness of EU-funded projects,” the bloc’s regional policy department told the MEP.

According to internal documents, the first trip in 2018 cost taxpayers around £ 1.6million.

Its eight travelers have visited destinations in all EU member states except Malta, an island nation.

In addition to meeting Santa Claus and making their own beer, the young people were treated to fishing expeditions and lessons to become spies in a Soviet bunker.

The second “road trip” included two five-week getaways between Ireland and Cyprus, as well as Finland and the Canary Islands.

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Several videos posted on YouTube showed travelers drinking champagne, drinking beer and making waves in a water park.

Eurocrats have since bragged that around 55 million video views were generated by reports of the two trips.

In an email to Mr. Fest, they added: “In 2018 and 2019, the Road Trip project enabled young people from different countries and backgrounds to team up, to discover the diversity of Europe’s regions, to see firsthand the EU solidarity at work on the ground. and, more importantly, to communicate and share their experience with their generation, in their own way and in their own words, through social media and video platforms.

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