How MEPs are more equal than other animals – the salaries and perks of being an MEP

La kulħadd jitħanżer, mela mmur inkompli nitħanżer billi nkun MEP. Here are the benefits and allowances that MEPs received, as revealed by Insider magazine’s June issue in a report which breaks down the various earning of MEPs, from salaries to pensions and additional income and private activities, in a world where not only some animals are more equal than others, but where the pigs are more equal than some of the animals which are more equal than the rest of the animals:

“In addition to their monthly salary of approximately €10,000 gross, MEPs receive various allowances and reimbursements, including general expenditure, travel, and daily subsistence allowances. Before tax, their monthly earnings exceed €17,000 gross.

MEPs’ salaries are unified across member states, currently standing at €10,075 per month, which, after deductions, amounts to €7,853.

They are also entitled to a general expenditure allowance of €4,950 per month, covering office administration, telephone, and postal charges, among other expenses. Travel expenses are reimbursed, including the cost of airline tickets in business class or equivalent, or first-class rail tickets.

MEPs further receive an allowance for other travel expenses, totaling over €4,886 per year, to cover costs beyond official meetings.

The European Parliament also provides generous pension benefits, with former MEPs eligible for an old-age pension from the age of 63, amounting to 3.5% of their salary for each full year of service.

To ensure transparency and compliance, newly elected MEPs will undergo a compatibility check by the European Parliament authorities to ensure they do not hold incompatible positions.

The report also highlights the additional income MEPs may earn from outside activities, with some earning more from these activities than their parliamentary salaries.

Insider’s analysis, citing Transparency International, revealed that 70% of MEPs engage in some form of outside activity, resulting in total outside incomes of €8.7 million.

To enhance transparency and address potential conflicts of interest, the EU strengthened its rules following the ‘Qatargate’ scandal last year, now requiring MEPs to disclose more details about their earnings beyond their parliamentary salaries.

MEPs are supported by three categories of assistants: accredited assistants, local assistants, and trainees, with their teams receiving a total of €28,696 per month.

The salaries of assistants vary across member states, with the highest monthly salaries reaching €8,519 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Sweden. In contrast, assistants in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, and Romania receive the lowest salaries of €2,978.

The extensive benefits and allowances enjoyed by MEPs certainly make their positions highly coveted, and with the ongoing election campaigns, the competition for these 720 seats is fierce.”

Oqgħod mur ħabbat fuq il-perspex poplu u għajjat ‘Tuwna siġġu’ jew ‘Viva l-Labour, hey, hey’ u ‘prosit David Casa’ u ‘prosit Roberta Metsola’. How embarassing! X’ġej għalik, poplu and yet you have no clue, because you will not revolt as long as you are given bread and circuses in the circus where the pigs are more equal than those who are yet more equal than you, but for which you vote so that the same pigs that you elect continue to be more equal than you.

X (Formerly Twitter)