Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money are being wasted every year on EU interpreters who turn up for meetings only to find they are not needed. A report on the EU's annual interpretation budget to be published next week found 16%, or £17m [25.2 milhões de euros], was wasted on staff who find themselves kicking their heels.[fonte: Guardian Unlimited]
The greatest offenders are MEPs who demand an interpreter for a committee meeting which they then miss. A European parliament interpreter costs £1,000 [1480 euros] a day.