MEP Expenses

Fascinating:

"We want reform but we cannot make this report available to the public if we want people to vote in the European elections next year," said a source close to the decision.

Only Euro-MPs on the parliament\’s budget control committee are allowed to see the report.

To do so, they must apply to enter a "secret room", protected by biometric locks and security guards. They may not take notes and must sign a confidentiality agreement.

Last night, after an emergency meeting of senior officials including Mr Rømer and Mr Pöttering, triggered by The Daily Telegraph\’s investigation, a spokesman for the parliament denied a cover-up.

"The document is not secret. It is confidential," he said. "It can be read by Euro-MPs on the budget control committee, in the secret room but not generally. That is not the same as a secret document nobody can read."

Let me translate that first sentence for you. We cannot allow this report to be available to the public if we want people to vote for us in the European elections next year.

UKIP. you know it makes sense.

3 comments on “MEP Expenses

  1. Can you tell me exactly what MEPs claim for Travel,Attendance etc. Please.

    Tim adds: This isn’t an exhaustive list but as I understand it there are two main allowances. Travel, which is to reimburse at the full business fare. So what has been happeniing is that some MEPs travel on Easyjet etc and then claim back the cost of a full business fare. This stops at the 2009 election I think and reimbursement will be at the actual amount spent.

    The second is the attendance allowance which is something like €270 per day. This is supposed to cover hotel room, meals etc while away from home. What annoys is people signing in at the Parliament building at 7 am and then going home.

    There are other allowances as well: £30,000 or so a year to rent a constituency office, some amount for hiring staff, etc, etc. But the two that really get people annoyed are those top two.

  2. MEPs have long been regarded as no more than petty thieves. The apathy in election turnouts is only going to get worse as the public assume that all they are voting for is which person gets to feed at the trough. UK MPs are now in the same position in terms of public confidence. I dont think either really care what the public think as long as the gravy train rolls along. We need to get the police involved. Interpol for the MEPs, the good old bobbies for the MPs, and the Inland Revenue investigators would go amiss.

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