Friday, May 24, 2013

Brussels gravy train is like 'last days of Rome': EU MEPs earn up to 740% more than average citizen

Huge salaries and lavish expenses are allowing Members of the European Parliament to live like ‘latter-day Roman senators’, a report warned yesterday.

The shocking study found that cosseted MEPs now have incomes up to 20 times higher than the people they represent.

While millions of families across Europe have had their incomes squeezed, most MEPs have enjoyed large increases in their salaries – while continuing to vote through ever-higher budgets for the EU.

But this does not include the cost of the £217,000 office allowance available to each MEP.