The EU has announced its latest spending project using UK taxpayers' cash
Eurocrats announced a modernisation project for the DK7 highway near the city of Gdansk, on the Baltic coast, which will cost an eye-watering £10 million per mile.
British taxpayers will be expected to stump up just under £50 million for the project even though the country is set to leave the bloc, because the funding commitment has already been made.
Whilst northern Poland gets a shiny new motorway the UK’s road infrastructure is on the verge of collapse and has been compared to those of Namibia and Puerto Rico.
British councils recently complained that they do not have anywhere near enough cash to repair the country’s roads despite the Government pledging more money for infrastructure.
The UK's roads are pocked with millions of potholes
The UK ploughs billions into EU infrastructure projects but gets no money back
The £50 million being shelled out by UK taxpayers would be enough to fill in a whopping 877,000 potholes which case daily misery to drivers across England and Wales.
Brussels will pay for the work through its ‘cohesion fund’, which is bankrolled by all member states but only pays out to the 15 poorest EU nations.
Consequently whilst British taxpayers have paid in a bank-busting £6 billion to the pot, which runs for a seven year period from 2014-2020, the UK will not receive a penny back from it.
Poland’s economy is expected to grow by 3.1 per cent this year according to projections from the World Bank, compared to the prediction of 2.3 per cent made for the UK.
Brexit-denying MPs may wish to reflect on this
On the same day Brussels also announced that another road, the E67 between Wyszkow et Białystok in central Poland, will also receive a more modest £58 million upgrade.
Express.co.uk has contacted the Commission to ask for more details about the nature of the projects and why they are costing so much taxpayers’ money to complete.
The website facts4eu.org, which uncovered the spending, stated in an editorial: “Brexit-denying MPs may wish to reflect on this. This project represents just one small example.
“We question whether these anti-democratic MPs understand what the EU really is.”
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Announcing the initiatives, EU commissioner Corina Cretu said: “Thanks to these projects, the citizens of Poland will be able to travel between its big regional centres more quickly and easily.
“Equal in our minds are travellers and foreign investors, because these projects will have a positive impact on tourism and trade with neighbouring countries.
“It is the whole European economy that will benefit.”
The spending splurge is likely to infuriate some British motorists who battle daily to get to work on crumbling roads which are littered with pot holes and jammed with traffic for large parts of the day.
A report published last November by the World Economic Forum found that the UK has a similar road infrastructure to South Africa and Rwanda and worse highways than countries including Ecuador and Malaysia.
Britain ranked just the 27th best country in the world despite being one of its largest economies, although Poland was placed at a dismal 72nd place in the same table.