posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 05:14 PM
Probably alot of folks know this already, but in a time of global recess, i feel this should come to everyone's attention.
Members of EU parliament are about 4 days per month in Strasbourg. For this job they receive 6200 euros each month. Apart from this, upon their
request, they may receive an additional 4200 euros each month for expenses. To get the extra 4200, you must only ask, and you will get it, without any
proof of expenses made. As a parliament member you have a budget of 21000 per month euros to pay your staff, how appropriate would it be to just hire
your husband or wife? It happens. Further, there is a travel expenses arrangement. You get paid 0,50 euro per kilometer driven. Based on the length of
your trip, an extra compensation for the time you spent in the car, and an additional compensation for the total amount of kilometers you have to
travel. This amounts easily to more then a thousand euros per trip, depends on how far you have to travel that is. From the Netherlands to Strasbourg,
the total compensation is 800 euros. Then comes the pension plan. From your 63rd birthday up until your 68th birthday, you will accumulate a base
pension of 1250 euros per month for the remainder of your life.
Not to mention the free buffets, chauffeurs etc. No doubt all members of parliament sweat day and night doing their most extended efforts in serving
the public's interest, are these salaries and arrangement not a bit high? considering the 'crisis' that Europe is experiencing?