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The cost of the Luxembourg EU presidency
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The cost of the Luxembourg EU presidency

10.07.2015 From our online archive
The Luxembourg presidency of the Council of the European Union comes with a price tag of 93 million euros, around 169 euros per resident.

(CS/MF) The Luxembourg presidency of the Council of the European Union comes with a price tag of 93 million euros, around 169 euros per resident.

This amount covers all related costs from 2014 until 2016, including preparation in the run-up to the presidency take-over in July and bill that will come in after the end of the six-month mandate.

The largest chunk – 71 million euros – was budgeted for this year, of which 61.5 million euros are earmarked for the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry. The remaining sum is split between the Luxembourg police and the public buildings administration.

Taking a closer look at the Foreign Ministry's presidency funds, 36.5 million euros are expected to be spent on materials costs, meeting and receptions. Some 237 meeting are scheduled to take place in Luxembourg over 184 days.

Some 26,816 participants and 6,875 delegations will meet at 37 locations, not just in Luxembourg City but also elsewhere int he country, such as Belval. Seven caterers and 35 restaurants will host 170 dinners during the presidency.

To accommodate the visitors, 11,700 hotel rooms have been booked for a total number of 24,200 overnight stays at 25 hotels.

Staff costs are expected to amount to 20.9 million euros. Around 200 project managers were recruited on 12, 18 or 24-month contracts around the presidency. Roughly half of them are employed in Brussels.

Some four million euros have been budgeted for transport, with a fleet of 89 cars and vans at the ready for the delegates and another 160 cars available for the transport at larger events. Transport is expected to require 221,700 litres of diesel and 91,700 litres of petrol.

Finally, around 100,000 euros were set aside for other expenses, such as laptops and office furniture and equipment needed to make the presidency run smoothly.