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My esteemed colleague Teresa Küchler at SvD in Brussels, draw my attention to the rather awkward debate in the budget negotiations in the European Parliament, concerning the, apparently, no less awkward Copenhagen based, EU financed, European Environment Agency.

The EEA, in their own words, have a noble cause: “Our task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. We are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.”

What was up for questioning however, from the committee reviewing the budget, was somewhat different.

Anyone on a visit to Copenhagen, might wish to visit the offices, and admire the flower arrangements on the facade. Then again, maybe not. As this rather extravagant arrangement, costing about 300 000 Euro, naturally perished in the Danish climate.

But at least, they took study trips to the Caribbean. Still unclear why. But it sounds nice. And expensive.

And accommodated the environmental group EarthWatch, in the offices, also handing out grants to this – regardless of ideology – biased group, incidentally (until it was discovered) harboring the EEA Executive Director Jacquline McGlade as advisor.

There are many things in the EU budget to be critical of. A simple solution for this particular institute however would be: Just Close It Down.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.