Press Release - 14 Dec 2010
More Money for Politicians - No Questions Asked!
Yesterday evening (Monday December 13th), the European Parliament's Bureau had on its agenda an increase in the allowances of MEPs. The issue was listed on the agenda as a "decision without discussion". It was simply waved through without any debate.
MEPs have been awarded a 2.3% increase in all allowances except for those relating to direct travel costs.
British MEP Nikki Sinclaire is appalled - "In an economic crisis, when tens of thousands of public sector workers are losing their jobs, and families are suffering, it is unnacceptable that well paid politicians can simply wave through increases in their already generous tax-free allowances without any discussion at all", she said. "I personally feel that it would be appropriate to freeze these payments at the very least. This is just another example of the greed and arrogance of the EU political elite".