A probe carried out by the Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute found that, overall a total of €86.5 million has been given to a range of environmental groups by the European Commission over the past 10 years, with 34 groups have been given more than €1 million.
The Alliance said the Pesticide Action Network [Europe] has more than €710,000 from the European Commission over the past decade. PAN is campaigning to ban glyphosate.
Taxpayers’ Alliance chief executive John O’Connell said: "It’s bad enough that politicians are piling costs onto consumers with their hare-brained energy schemes, but the fact that taxpayers are paying pressure groups to campaign against their interests adds insult to injury.
"There are plenty of reasons for the government to stop this gravy train in its tracks as it is, but the fact that some of these groups have run dishonest campaigns and fallen foul of electoral commission rules must surely be a final nail in the coffin for this taxpayer funded lobbying."
PAN have been approached for comment.