EUROPEAN Union (EU) chiefs tried to cover up spending nearly half a million pounds of taxpayer cash on luxury hotels and private jets, it has been revealed.
The expenses scandal is mounting on the fat cats of Brussels after the eyewatering total was wracked up in just two months.
Brussels bureaucrats took three years to release details of commissioners’ travel expenses - and when they did they only managed to release the records for January and February 2016.
European Commision President Jean-Claude Juncker clocked up a £25,000 (€27,000) bill on a trip to Rome, Italy, while head of foreign affairs Federica Mogherini spent £70,000 (€75,000) on a visit to Baku.
In the first two months of 2016, the European Commission spent close to £450,000 (€500,000) on 261 official trips.
The shocking waste of taxpayers money is set to fuel Brexiteers keen for Britain to ignore European Union demands for a £91billion (€100bn) divorce bill.
Eurocrats had desperately tried to withhold the information, claiming making travel expenses public would create an “excessive administrative burden”.
But after three long years of pressure from the Spanish transparency NGO Access Info, they decided to release just two months of travel expense records.