EU Asks Naples To Repay Funds Spent On Elton John Concert

Open Europe reports La Stampa reports that a spokesman for EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn confirmed on Friday that the Southern Italian Campania region will have to pay back the €720,000 received from the European Regional Development Fund used to host Elton John’s concert during the popular “Festa di Piedigrotta” in Naples in September 2009. “Cultural events, culture in general, can fall under the scope of operational programs, but they have to be aimed at structural long-term investments,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Open Europe’s list of 50 examples of wasteful EU spending was cited in Saturday’s New York Times, Dutch daily De Pers and by Hungarian Radio NeoFM.

New York Times La Stampa: Zatterin De Pers Neofm: Bumerang

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