Pro-Brexit MEP Patrick O’Flynn has blasted a new EU scheme aimed at boosting ‘European consciousness’ among young people as “propaganda” and “at a cost to European taxpayers running into hundreds of millions of Euros”.
The European Solidarity Corps according to their website, is “the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. The young people who participate in the European Solidarity Corps will all agree with and uphold its Mission and Principles.”
However, the UKIP MEP slammed the idea, saying it would “crowd out” other youth volunteer schemes such as “the world-renowned Duke of Edinborough Award scheme” which would face “unfair EU subsidised competition”.
O’Flynn continued: “In the Autumn of 2016 a commission who felt humiliated by the Brexit vote and alarmed by a public backlash against its approach on immigration and asylum decided to make up programs on the hoof.
“This scheme was always more about propaganda than public spiritedness and it should be scrapped.”
Watch his full speech in the European Parliament below: