One way that you can get funds from the EU is to build a huge infrastructure project that is not needed. Especially airports. One of the biggest of these cost 1.1 billion euros. These projects pass the EU annual audit so are seldom mentioned. The pointless airports are nicknamed "ghost airports" in the EU.
This vast mismanagement of funds was raised in the EU Parliament -
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/...DOC+XML+V0//EN - but no-one was blamed, even though the developer of one of the airports is currently under arrest in Spain on other charges of fraud etc.
Here is an account of two of the airports ( http://www.skyscanner.net/news/14-wo...doned-airports )
Don Quijote Airport, Spain
Cost 1.1 billion. Don Quijote Airport (or Ciudad Real Central, to give it its official name) was conceived in the 1990s as an alternative to Madrid-Barajas. Fifty minutes from Madrid on a high-speed rail connection with Seville, it was Spain's first private international airport, and Spain's last - it went bust and closed in April 2012.
Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport, Spain
What's Spanish for White Elephant? Officially declared 'open' in March 2011, no commercial flight has actually left from or landed at Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport. Built at a cost of 150 million euros, the enduring feature of this freshly-deceased airport near Valencia is a statue in honour of Carlos Fabra, the local politician who was the driving force behind its construction. He is under investigation for tax evasion and corruption.
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Last edited by newpersonage; 12-02-2016 at 10:46.
- 12-02-2016 10:44
- 12-02-2016 13:24
I bet they're really creepy to walk around. What a huge waste of money. More common sense is needed in these sort of things.
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- 12-02-2016 16:48
Yes, it is a huge waste of money. It is surprising that this report has not had more pro-EU respondents saying that such waste is wonderful.
- 13-02-2016 11:41
When were the plans for these airports drawn up? Before 2008, the EU was a completely different place - growth was good, they were much more optimistic - they could afford to throw money around.