The project is part of the 8th Framework Program, totaling € 12 billion, and has been classified as “successful” after a review in the Commission and all grants have been paid. Commissioner for Demographic Affairs Nikita Downing has announced that several similar projects are underway to illustrate the effective investment of European funds in research.
The source of the article is a satirical website http://www.gudelnews.com/2017/09/54.html.
There is currently no Commissioner for Demographic Affairs as well as no Commissioner with the name of Nikita Downing https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019_en. There is no such research presented within the Horizon 2020 programme (the 8th Framework Program).