No to EU “Pravda”

Plans by the European Commission to finance an “independent” news outlet to be run by journalists at a cost of £2.75 million per year have been condemned by the leader of the UK Conservatives in the European Parliament Richard Ashworth.

In a report in The Times Richard Ashworth MEP branded the scheme as a “Brussels Pravda” with the Prime Minister also criticising the proposals as the kind of thing that “drives him to despair” in terms of EU waste.

Currently the European Commission has announced a draft budget for 2014 amounting to €142.01 billion in commitment appropriations and €135.9 billion in payment appropriations.