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    Journalists take MEPs to top EU court over expenses

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    A group of 29 European journalists is taking the European Parliament to court in the hope of making MEPs' expenses more transparent...

    ...MEPs' allowances "should not be allowed to remain hidden from the European public", said the group's leader, Slovenian journalist Anuska Delic.
    They say MEPs' pay and expenses total more than 474m (332m) annually.
    They are particularly concerned about MEPs' general allowances, which they calculate to be almost 40m (28m) annually.
    A statement from the group said "the complete absence of monitoring of MEPs' general allowances... raises serious doubts that other spending by the 751 MEPs is monitored in a transparent, responsible and verifiable manner"...

    ...The anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) says it supports the group's initiative and has submitted its own access to documents request for information on MEP allowances.
    "The European Parliament lags far behind other parliamentary bodies, such as Sweden and the UK, when it comes to the transparency of parliamentary expenses," said TI's EU director Carl Dolan...

    ...On her website Green MEP Jean Lambert lists an MEP's monthly expenses - standard for all 751 - as:
    Staff allowance - 21,379 (covering all costs of personal assistants)
    General Expenditure Allowance - 4,320 (covering things like constituency office rent, phone bills)
    Daily allowance - 306 (for attendance at parliamentary sessions in Brussels or Strasbourg)
    Travel allowance - MEPs' tickets are reimbursed, plus a 4,264 annual allowance for trips outside usual places of work.
    MEPs' monthly salaries are set at just over 8,000, before tax...


    Journalists take MEPs to top EU court over expenses - BBC News
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    Good luck. More transparency can only help the EU's image in the long run.

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    I once asked my MP, Patricia Hewitt what her 20k extra expenses were for and she said she would explain all shortly, two weeks later the bitch resigned having explained f all.

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    It's one big gravy train with very sinister intentions: a federal state with no accountability or transparency and no checks or balances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Good luck. More transparency can only help the EU's image in the long run.

    having the auditors sign off the accounts once would be an improvement. howdy years have they been refusing? 20?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    It's one big gravy train with very sinister intentions: a federal state with no accountability or transparency and no checks or balances.
    Shouldn't truly be a great surprise, yes?

    Universal everywhere.

    The nature of government and politicians.

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