Ursula von der Leyen has been accused of hypocrisy for utilizing personal jets on practically half her worldwide missions.
The European Fee chief has touted a brand new ‘inexperienced deal’, insisting member states should go carbon-neutral by 2050.
However a Each day Mail evaluation reveals she ordered ‘air taxis’ for seven of her 16 official journeys since December final yr. Fee knowledge reveals some have been chartered for journeys that may have been attainable by prepare.
Ursula von der Leyen was accused of hypocrisy for utilizing personal jets on practically half her worldwide missions
Personal jets emit as much as 20 instances extra carbon dioxide per passenger mile than a business flight and vastly greater than trains.
Fee guidelines state ‘air taxis’ needs to be thought-about solely when no appropriate business flights will be discovered.
However Mrs von der Leyen, 62, chartered a personal jet to Britain to present a lecture on the London College of Economics earlier than post-Brexit commerce talks began in January.
The journey from Brussels takes simply two hours by Eurostar, the mode of transport utilized by Britain’s commerce envoy David Frost.
One other jet was chartered for a gathering on the former dwelling close to Paris of Jean Monnet, a founding father of the Brussels bloc.
The European Fee chief has touted a brand new ‘inexperienced deal’, insisting member states should go carbon-neutral by 2050
Mrs von der Leyen, Charles Michel and David Sassoli – the EU Council and EU Parliament presidents – used the session to ‘debate the way forward for the EU’.
Nonetheless trains from Brussels to the French capital take little greater than 90 minutes.
The information reveals ‘air taxis’ have been used for the comparatively quick distance to Berlin for a summit, earlier than travelling on to the annual assembly of worldwide elites on the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland.
Jets have been additionally chartered for a gathering of the EU Fee’s 27 commissioners in Croatia, a go to to the Greek-Turkish border throughout a flare-up of the migrant disaster earlier this yr and for conferences with officers from the African Union in Ethiopia.
In keeping with the information, one of the crucial costly ‘per individual’ jets was the five-night journey to the Berlin summit, then to Davos and on to Tel Aviv in Israel to go to a Holocaust memorial. It value £6,750 per individual.
The Fee declined to present the precise invoice or verify what number of have been on board, however it’s thought a minimum of ten have been, giving a invoice of greater than £60,000.
Brexit-backing Tory MP Andrew Bridgen stated: ‘It is hypocrisy. With the European elites it is at all times a case of “do as I say not do as I do”.’
A Fee spokesman stated a few of Mrs von der Leyen’s journeys needed to be by personal jet on account of ‘scheduling constraints’.
Brexit-backing Tory MP Andrew Bridgen stated: ‘It is hypocrisy. With the European elites it is at all times a case of “do as I say not do as I do”
He added: ‘Moreover, in the case of air taxi preparations, usually a number of commissioners are on board along with their workers and representatives from different EU establishments.’
Britain will now not contribute to the invoice for personal jets and abroad journeys when the Brexit transition interval expires on Thursday.
Mrs von der Leyen, who took over from Jean-Claude Juncker final December, additionally listed interviews with German media retailers as missions, billing taxpayers 1000’s of kilos to attend them in Berlin.
Throughout her maiden EU parliament speech she warned of the specter of local weather change, which campaigners say is fuelled by emissions from air journey.
She insisted EU politicians and establishments ‘should additionally stroll the speak’, including: ‘We’ve got to be taught what this transformation means in our each day life, how one can observe sustainability.’
Enterprise chief who supported Stay and and known as for a second referendum now praises Boris Johnson’s commerce accord with Brussels and stated it may present a ‘springboard’ for development
The Brexit commerce deal and Covid-19 vaccines have paved the way in which for 2021 to be ‘a yr of restoration’, the top of Britain’s largest enterprise lobbying group stated yesterday.
CBI president Lord Bilimoria known as for daring motion together with tax cuts to spice up the financial system and encourage companies to promote extra items overseas.
The 59-year-old founding father of Cobra beer had beforehand taken stridently pro-EU positions and at one stage known as for a second referendum.
CBI president Lord Bilimoria (pictured) says 2021 will probably be a ‘yr of restoration’ on account of Covid vaccines and Brexit
However in an upbeat interview with the Mail, Lord Bilimoria praised Boris Johnson’s commerce accord with Brussels and stated it may present a ‘springboard’ for a return to development.
He stated: ‘Following years of fierce debate, the torture of ready on deal or no deal is over.
‘Either side deserve reward for reaching an historic UK-EU settlement. This can be a huge step and a mighty reduction for a lot of companies.
‘With a commerce deal agreed, vaccine roll-outs beginning and fast mass testing, this could be a springboard to make 2021 a yr of restoration.’
Lord Bilimoria praised Boris Johnson’s commerce accord with Brussels and stated it may present a ‘springboard’ for a return to development
Britain went into recession within the first half of the yr as Covid-19 struck and lockdowns hit enterprise.
And regardless of a file soar of 16 per cent in output through the third quarter as companies reopened, the financial system remains to be 8.6 per cent smaller than earlier than the disaster, in response to the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.
Including to the ache, economists are predicting the nation may now be headed for a double-dip recession due to the most recent lockdown measures.
Lord Bilimoria admitted the pandemic was ‘nothing wanting a nightmare’ for enterprise, however stated it has additionally underlined the energy of British companies.
‘Enterprise proved itself,’ he added. ‘Even presently of doom and gloom, now we have proven that we will bounce again.’
After the Brexit transition interval ends on January 1, Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak ought to give attention to insurance policies that can make the UK extra enticing to overseas buyers, Lord Bilimoria recommended
After the Brexit transition interval ends on January 1, Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak ought to give attention to insurance policies that can make the UK extra enticing to overseas buyers, Lord Bilimoria recommended. He warned in opposition to tax raids on the rich, saying this could scare off entrepreneurs.
How the peer has modified his tune
‘I don’t suppose Brexit goes to occur as a result of as soon as individuals realise the implications of it, that it’s going to hurt them individually, that it’s going to hurt the financial system.’
CBI President Lord Bilimoria June 2017
‘Either side deserve reward for reaching an historic UK-EU settlement. This can be a huge step and a mighty reduction for a lot of companies… this could be a springboard to make 2021 a yr of restoration.’
Lord Bilimoria on Monday
‘After leaving the EU, it is advisable to take a look at what makes the UK the highest two or three attractor of inward funding on this planet,’ the peer added.
‘It’s phenomenal – we’re a magnet for inward funding, in monetary providers, in analysis and growth, as a result of we’re an open financial system.
‘The UK needs to be enticing from a tax viewpoint. For those who begin placing up company tax and capital positive factors tax, you’ll stamp on inward funding and home development. If something, I would cut back taxes to allow development and incentivise exports.
‘The Authorities might be daring and provides tax breaks for exports. You want tax incentives, not tax rises.’
His feedback come as Britain prepares to signal a commerce settlement with Turkey this week.
The transfer was not attainable till the Brexit deal was struck as a result of Turkey is in a customs union with the EU.
The deal will replicate present buying and selling phrases between Ankara and London however Worldwide Commerce Secretary Liz Truss stated she hoped a ‘tailored’ association could be reached quickly.