With just under £50,000 a year allocated in expenses, being an MEP certainly has its perks.
The £50,000 can be spent every year, without the hassle of submitting receipts; something which will carry on, thanks to a new ruling by the EU.
The judges in the ECJ’s sister court ruled that the Parliament was right not to publish the documents as it would enable the MEPs to be individually identified.
MEPs will still be able to spend their annual €50,000 ‘General Expenditure Allowance’ – which they receive on top of their €100,000+ annual salary – without providing any proof of how the money of how the money was spent.
The European Court has blocked this too on the grounds that there wouldn’t be “any useful effect” in publishing the documents – precisely because they did not identify individual MEPs.