The EU parliament has ruled that a 2013 sailing trip taken by DF's MEP Morten Messerschmidt and party leader Kristian Thulesen Dahl “promoted domestic parties or candidates or was used for election campaigns”, and the party must now settle a repayment to the tune of 127,000 kroner (€17,000).
The DF sailing trip was done in conjunction with Denmark's 2013 municipal elections.
Any new bill from the EU is likely to be given a frosty welcome by Messerschmidt, who told the EU parliament in October that the use of the EU funds for the sailing trip was “in keeping with the rules” and that the question of misuse was a “non-issue”.
Following confirmation from the EU on Monday that Messerschmidt and his party had indeed broken the rules, the MEP confirmed that his party would repay the money despite being “in complete disagreement” with the EU appraisal.
“The sailing trip was undertaken in order to launch my work as part of the EU parliament, and I was on board to talk about EU-related things," Messerschmidt told Politiken.