Jean Claude Juncker used private jets for almost half of his official visits this year

Mail Online | 12/31/2018 | David Churchill, Brussels Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Jean-Claude Juncker used private jets for nearly half his worldwide 'missions' this year, official figures reveal.

These 'air taxis' should only be used when no suitable commercial flights can be found, according to EU Commission rules.

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But Mr Juncker chartered private jets for 21 out of 43 official trips between January and November, racking up a bill that is likely to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, a Daily Mail analysis reveals.

The revelation sparked calls last night for the EU Commission president to be investigated over his allegedly 'excessive' use of private flights, which are funded by EU taxpayers.

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The cost of one private jet for a one-night trip to Tunisia alone was up to £32,943. The EU Commission declined to give the exact bill, but confirmed that Mr Juncker flew with a 13-person delegation and that travel costs averaged £2,357 per person.

He met Tunisian officials to discuss projects between the north African country and the EU during the trip in October.

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In addition, Mr Juncker, who after a pay rise will earn more than £350,000 a year, claimed £428 for a hotel and £47 for 'daily allowances'.

The cost of another private jet for a visit in November to Helsinki in Finland, where he had dinner with world leaders before attending the European People's Party conference, was up to £23,422.

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Again the EU Commission declined to give the exact bill, but confirmed that Mr Juncker went with an 11-person delegation and that travel costs averaged £1,953 per person.

The most expensive 'per person' private jet trip was a one-night visit to Madrid for a lecture and to meet King Felipe VI of Spain before attending an exclusive ceremony for the Marquis de Villalobar award.

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Travel per person is listed as £6,734, but the overall cost of the private jet has not been revealed.

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