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Brussels plans to fork out to launch its “Operation Rubbish!” project to raise awareness of the “waste crisis in Europe”. An exhibition will be hosted at the bloc’s taxpayer-funded European House of History based in the Belgian capital. The £1.2million scheme will also include an online publication to lecture citizens on “why and how waste developed as a growing problem for societies, to the point of becoming a crisis”.
“Operation Rubbish intends to showcase the materiality of waste,” according to an internal EU memo, seen by Express.co.uk.
“The exhibition and the whole project should mirror the visibility of waste in our society, not avoiding the city and trivial dimension and nature of rubbish while not aestheticising the topic too much.”
The tender document claims the exhibition should demonstrate the “interpretive power of waste”.
It adds: “Going back to the long history of humankind, relationship with everyday choices like throwing away or keeping is a way to consider contemporary societies in their material dimensions.”
The exhibition will host repurposed relics in an attempt to answer “how we did shift into a society which disposes?”
Eurocrats say it will “explore the issue of waste in Europe from a historical perspective” in a chronological approach between 1800 and the modern-day.
Displays will be available in English, French, Dutch and German as EU officials seek to spread their message across the bloc.
German MEP Nicolaus Fest said EU officials should look at reducing their own financial “waste” before seeking to guilt-trip citizens.
He told Express.co.uk: “This exhibition is essentially the EU showcasing that Europeans are rubbish and wasteful, but I would argue that ‘Operation Rubbish’ is a rather more apt name to describe the EU.
“From funding useless communications campaigns in Africa, to gender identity books for children and Champagne for commissioners, the EU are the proven specialists of waste.
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“Rather than fuelling a European guilt agenda on environmentalism, the EU institutions should look inward if they are serious about refusing waste.”
Last year Express.co.uk revealed that the EU history museum was planning to spend more than £1million to stock itself with new relics.
It accused of waste after it emerged that Brussels was going to fork out on business-class flights and hotels for couriers transporting “artefacts” from across the world to the site.
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The museum, which cost the taxpayer £47million to build, will spend a further £1.4million fetching relics.
The European House of History is home to multiple Brexit-bashing items, such as former Labour Party MEP Sen Dance’s handwritten sign “He’s lying to you” used to taunt Nigel Farage.
There is also a UK-EU “always united scarf” worn by Remainers on the final day of our membership of the bloc.
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