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European Parliament 8th Mandate – July 1st 2014-May 5th 2015

Mairead McGuinness139 views

Information about MEPs salaries and allowances, including staffing arrangements, is published on the Parliament’s website here.

The monthly pre-tax salary of MEPs under the single statute is, in 2013, € 8,020. MEP salaries are paid from Parliament’s budget. My salary is subject to EU tax, Irish tax and accident insurance contribution.

Travel and Subsistence allowance. MEPs are refunded the actual cost of their travel tickets on presentation of receipts, plus fixed allowances based on the distance and duration of the journey. I received €33,768 in travel expenses for the year ending 2013. Parliament pays a flat-rate subsistence allowance for each day of attendance at official meetings of the Parliament bodies within the European Community to cover accommodation, meals and all other expenses involved in such attendance. The allowance is paid only if the Member has signed an official attendance register. I received €35,521 for the above period.

General expenditure allowance. This allowance is paid to cover the costs involved in running a constituency office including management and maintenance costs, office supplies and documentation, telephone and postal charges, and the purchase, operation and maintenance of computer and other equipment. The allowance is €4,320 per month.

Staff Budget. MEPs choose staff within a fixed budget set by Parliament. I employ four staff members.

Accredited assistants, based in Brussels (or Strasbourg), are administered and paid directly by Parliament’s administration. Assistants based in an MEP’s home country are handled by qualified paying agents, who guarantee that all appropriate tax and PRSI is paid.

Staff costs are €213,790, including travel and subsistence costs of assistants when they travel to Strasbourg for Parliament’s plenary sessions and for other travel undertaken by staff in the course of their official duties.