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Our man in Brussels costs $615 an hour

An overseas consultant for the European Union capital of Brussels costs taxpayers at least $615 an hour, the Premier and Minister of Finance revealed on Monday.

David Burt disclosed the cost after he was asked to provide the names and salaries of all overseas consultants hired to represent Bermuda in Belgium.

Mr Burt said that Alastair Sutton was paid “500 Euros an hour, which equates to $615.”

He added: “He is also reimbursed airfare, travel and accommodation if required.”

Ms Atherden also asked if there were any other expenses associated with representation in Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union.

Mr Burt said: “At this time, this is the only expense.

“As was stated in the Budget Statement, the Government will be looking to establish a permanent representative office, which is thought will save funds.”

Grant Gibbons, the Shadow Minister of Economic Development, asked when the Brussels office would be open for business.

Mr Burt said: “In the next Budget year, which begins April 1.”

The Government earlier said it needed an office to represent the island to the EU after Britain voted to leave the organisation in the wake of a referendum in 2016.

David Burt, the Premier and Minister of Finance, on the Budget (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published February 28, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated February 28, 2018 at 10:26 am)

Our man in Brussels costs $615 an hour

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