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PM’s flight expenses are ‘a joke’ says PP member

SPANISH Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is at the centre of a controversy, following the Government’s claim that his use of a private ministerial jet, to travel to and from Valencia’s Benicassim festival, cost just 282.92 euros.

The figure was revealed, following a request, made under Government transparency rules, from Luis Salom, a Valencia-based member of the conservative Partido Popular (PP).

Sanchez flew aboard the Falcon armed forces private jet in July.

The details, signed by Prime Minister’s Office official Maria Hilda Jimenez, read: “The total expense calculated by the Protocol Department was 282.92 euros.”

But Salom regarded the response as “a joke”, and the government’s figure spawned a series of memes on social networks, including:

*Spain’s Transparency and Good Government Council (CTyBG) ruled the information could be released, after details on the trip were previously declared an official secret.

*The CTyBG has since called on the government to release details of the total cost of the trip, including the opening of Castellon Airport so the plane could land.

*The 282.92-euro figure is believed to refer to fuel costs.

Carmen Calvo, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister, has also been summoned to appear before a parliamentary expenses committee to explain why the information was declared secret.

But security concerns have been cited by the government, previously, and Ms Calvo is also expected to explain why Sanchez used the Falcon jet, and other government aircraft for travel, including one to his brother-in-law’s wedding.

 

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