Bristol City Council is looking to recruit someone to represent the city in Brussels. Mayor George Ferguson has defended the consultancy post, which commands a salary of between £45,000-50,000.
It comes amid the slashing of hundreds of council jobs in the biggest cuts in the council's history.
Mr Ferguson said: "This is an incredibly good deal for Bristol. We are sharing space with the London office which is costing us a total of only £6,000.
"We need a representative in Brussels to bid for grants and bring European money to Bristol. When you consider that the European pot up to the year 2020 is a trillion euros, we have to ensure that we are doing the best we can to draw down as much of that money for Bristol as we can.
"The best way we can do this is to have our own representative in Brussels who understands the workings of the EU and is based there.
"Bristol has already secured about £140 million from Europe which helped us so much to become European Green Capital next year."