News from the EU: Not even a £ 5.5million bill for window cleaning will make the bloc transparent – MEP rages on plan | Politics | New
Internal documents seen by Express.co.uk show that the European Commission is looking for a new window cleaner to take care of its buildings in Brussels. It will cost European taxpayers around Â£ 1.3million per year to run the offices which house around 32,000 staff. A strict set of rules must be followed by the company that ultimately wins the contract.
The document states: âThe cleaning of these surfaces must be done in accordance with the rules of the art and with respect for the cleanliness of the building.
âWhen cleaning,â streaks âon all adjacent surfaces will be removed.
âInside buildings, the location of desks and other furniture can make it difficult to access windows and trusses. Rain from solar protections, such as blinds, curtains and drapes as well as the movement of all objects, furniture or plants on window sills or to allow access to windows are part of the window cleaning services.
âOn the other hand, it is forbidden to touch or move any document whatsoever, unless the Commission expressly advises otherwise. “
Other rules that the winning window cleaning company should follow are spelled out in a 58-page document.
An Italian MEP scoffed at the attempt to find a window cleaner, suggesting he had been trying to clean the dirty windows of Brussels for much longer.
Paolo Borchia, of Legal, told Express.co.uk: âMEPs have to become like window cleaners trying to clean dirt from dirty EU windows.
âIt is quite astonishing that a few weeks ago the European Parliament voted against the transparency of spending for the conference on the future of Europe.
âWhat’s even more surprising is that they now want to spend millions on window cleaning.
âThe way things change for true transparency is not their strong suit. “
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