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EU WON'T PAY: MEPs reject reforms bringing transparency to £4,000-a-month expenses claims

July 7, 2018 1:32 PM
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EU WON'T PAY: MEPs reject reforms bringing transparency to £4,000-a-month expenses claims

EURO-MPs have rejected planned reforms which would open up their expenses claims to greater transparency with critics branding the decision "absolutely scandalous".

The Bureau of the European Parliament voted by a narrow majority to throw out proposals to forcing MEPs to keep receipts, employ a professional paying agent to carry out checks on their General Expenditure Allowance (GEA) and return unused funds.

The reform was supported by Vice-Presidents of Greens, Liberals, Left and Italian Five Stars with two Social-Democrats on their side.

The GEA of almost £4,000 per month is designed for office expenses such as rent and stationery and is paid on top of salaries as a tax free lump sum.

It adds up to a total of more than £35m a year and currently goes directly to MEPs' personal bank accounts with no transparency around how the money is spent and no obligation to return unused funds.

The vote came a year after European Parliament President Antonio Tajani pledged to bring greater transparency to how the Uu’s 751 MEPs are compensated for expenses.

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Source: express.co.uk

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