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    Default MEPs vote themselves extra €1,500 allowance a month.

    Anyone thinking that EU politicians - whether affiliated to the EPP or Socialist groups - are more selfless or wise than Irish politicians might have to think again.

    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - MEPs have elected to boost their monthly allowance for staff and office expenses by €1,500, mirroring a similar move last year despite a widespread austerity drive in EU member states.

    The decision by members of the European Parliament's budgetary committee on Thursday (3 March) will see the legislature's overall budget increase by almost €13.25 million in 2011.

    MEPs from parliament's Socialist and centre-right European Peoples Party groups supported the proposed raise, while other groups said the decision was unjustified.

    German Green MEP Helga Trupel said the move showed EU lawmakers were "clearly out of touch with fiscal realities ...[and] sent completely the wrong signal" to EU citizens. Portuguese far-left MEP Miguel Portas called the decision "misconceived".

    Meanwhile, supporters say the extra allowance would enable the hiring of additional staff to tackle the growing workload under the EU's new Lisbon Treaty, in place since 1 December 2009.

    "I cannot do the political or control work I have to do if I don't have more staff," said German centre-right MEP Ingeborg Grassle.

    Euro deputies are paid €7,956.87 per month before tax, and an additional €300 for the days they officially sign in to work in Brussels or Strasbourg.

    They also receive a monthly allowance of €19,709 for staff and other office expenses, with Thursday's decision set to increase this figure.

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    As St Augustine might say, Lord make me austere, but not yet.
    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair.

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    rubber-stamping and speechifying are not cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stopdoingstuff View Post
    rubber-stamping and speechifying are not cheap.
    Austerity is for others.
    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair.

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    No doubt the Eurotron fundamentalists will be along to remind us that without these astonishing prodigies from the EU, Ireland would be like Iceland, who are the having the misfortune at present of having a real wealth creation economic growth from domestic resources.
    “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” - Friedrich A. Hayek

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    I'd vote for anybody that promises to abolish this useless gold plated gravy train !!!

    It makes expense abuses in the Dail and Senate pale into insignificance !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by He3 View Post
    Anyone thinking that EU politicians - whether affiliated to the EPP or Socialist groups - are more selfless or wise than Irish politicians might have to think again.




    EUobserver / MEPs vote themselves extra €1,500 allowance a month

    As St Augustine might say, Lord make me austere, but not yet.

    ah bless them sure they haven't a pot to pi** in

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    I've just sent all of our MEPs and their respective parties a mail on this.
    List of MEPs e-mail addressess here: Irish MEPs

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    I've just sent all of our MEPs and their respective parties a mail on this.
    List of MEPs e-mail addressess here: Irish MEPs

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    The rules of the jungle are written by those who don't follow the rules of the jungle....

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    Default Joe Higgins not an MEP anymore

    As far as I know Higgins not an MEP anymore. Does anyone know who replaces him?
    Last year these over paid MEPs gave themselves a similar massive rise and said it was because of the Lisbon Treaty which increased their workload. They didn't tell us that when they were asking us to vote for it. 'Vote for Lisbon and the taxpayer will have to pay out more to keep us happy'
    The there is no way of knowing how all this money is spent, they get a a massive staff allowance and nobody sees the breakdown of where it goes to. Some MEPs have been found to be paying it all to their wives or husbands.
    The rules are supposed to have changed but its all a farce as they make the rules themselves and unlike the Dail the staff are paid by the MEP so its not open to the public. Some MEPs have tried to pretend its all above board but the details you get - on their websites - are very sketchy.

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