30 July 2004
Thanks to Michael Mosbacher Director of the Social Affairs website (Now added to our sidebar links) and linked here, which has published this fascinating advice for new MEPs as to how to maximise their disgusting expenses for the very few (and usually wealth destroying) duties they ever actually undertake.
How to Maximise Your Expenses:
Advice to new Members of the European Parliament
The Social Affairs Unit is publishing on Monday a helpful guide for those Members newly elected to the European Parliament on June 10th - How to Maximise Your Expenses: Advice to New Members of the European Parliament*.
The guide records the four tax-free streams of income available to MEPs as 'expenses' in addition to their salaries – in the UK case – of £56,000. Firstly there is the travel allowance. Unlike what one might expect, this does not actually reimburse MEPs for the cost of their travel. MEPs merely have to hand in their boarding passes and a sum is paid according to kilometerage. In nearly all cases this amount is in excess of a full Business Class fare.