According to documents, the workers will be drafted in to provide “innovative” solutions for future changes to MEPs’ offices in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. The role involves rearranging furniture for pampered Euro MPs and making the institution’s bland buildings look easy on the eye. The job advert says: “You will participate in the process for selecting the best proposals by considering quality aspects of the furniture and office set up, such as aesthetic, value of design, flexibility, build, ergonomics, new materials, innovation, etc…”
Successful applicants will be added to a list of approved interior designers for “a period of five years”.
“The experts from the list may be selected for different missions based on the need , their qualification and experience as per the criteria above and the nature of the project to which they are to take part, and their time availability,” the document adds.
“The selection is made for each project or sub-project and it does not increase or decrease the chance of being selected to other projects.”
The external workers will earn £541 for a full day’s work and £360 for a half day.
Their travel expenses to the EU Parliament and hotel bills will also be footed by taxpayers.
European Parliament officials have become accustomed to expensive redesigns of the institution’s three main buildings.
Last year it emerged MEPs would splash out £250,000 on bespoke cushions for their chairs after complaining they are not comfortable enough.
Internal documents revealed the Euro MPs wanted “ergonomic” padding so they do not strain themselves while reach to push buttons when voting on legislation.
The pricy overhaul was for chairs used in the Parliament chamber and its committee rooms in the French city of Strasbourg – where they usually sit once a month.
And in 2018 eurocrats spent up to £800,000 on new flatscreen televisions for MEPs.
Officials installed 42-inch screens in the private offices of all 751 representatives in Brussels, including the then-British MEPs who would lose their jobs after Brexit.
The year before MEPs had lobbied for the demolition of the £900 million Brussels seat of the Parliament and replace it with a building building costing £451 million.
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Klaus Welle, the Parliament’s most senior official, claimed without the new building MEPs’ lives would be in danger.
“Any structure that does not have the requisite degree of robustness will behave like a line of dominoes: when an accidental event occurs, the destruction of a given element will result in the destruction of the surrounding elements in a chain reaction that will continue until a large part/all the structure is destroyed,” he warned in the document.
The Paul-Henri Spaak building, which was named after a Belgian founding father of the EU, was finished in 1993.
Since the 1990s, the EU Parliament has spent more than £1.8 billion on other buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg.