As we know, the presidency of the European Union currently rotates between all the countries involved. During the time of the French presidency the Summit for the Mediterranean was held, in July last year. Recently released accounts show that a custom-built shower was installed in the Grand Palais in Paris for the use of President Sarkozy. It had power and massage jet buttons and surround sound radio. The shower cost £250,000 and was never used. It was later destroyed.
The summit's opening dinner cost almost £1 million, which works out at £23,000 per head. I think even Croesus would have found it difficult to spend that amount, but the EU appears to find it quite normal.