NYTIMES.COM: E.U. Cash Tunnel Ends in Slovakia

In 2007, a department of Slovakia’s government decided it needed to bring in outside consultants. So it advertised, but only on the notice board of an official building closed to the public, helping to ensure that a favored firm landed a €120 million European Union-funded contract.
Then another ministry gave €600,000, or about $830,000, of E.U. money that was earmarked for educating the Roma community to two soccer teams. Meanwhile, the same government forked out about €1 million to teach leadership skills— in a cabbage-processing plant.

Read more: NYTIMES.COM: E.U. Cash Tunnel Ends in Slovakia (November 9, 2010)