As an Member of the European Parliament I receive a monthly salary of 8.995,39 EUR. After deduction of the EU community tax and accident insurance 7,011.74 EUR remain to spare.
In addition, I receive daily allowances of 324 EUR per day, I am working in the Parliament. This is supposed to cover additional costs of accommodation and meals during the stay in Brussels and Strasbourg.
I have a monthly staff budget of 25,620.00 €. This money is spent on the salaries and social insurance contributions of my five assistants, three of whom work in Brussels and one each in Halle and Potsdam. Also interns are paid out of this budget line. In addition, this budget covers the costs of the business trips of my staff to Brussels and Strasbourg, as well as their trainings. Since I am paying my employees and interns fair wages, almost nothing of this budget line remains unused at the end of the year.
MEPs receive an average of 4,525.00 € per month to cover their general expenses. This includes in my case, for example, the rent for the European offices in Halle and Potsdam, office supplies, technical equipment (eg: laptops), postage costs and much more.
We Greens have often made it clear that the use of the general expenditure allowance is not transparent enough. That is why we have repeatedly supported motions calling for a revision of the regulations. However, since there has been no proposal to revise these regulations so far, the Greens/EFA have made a voluntary commitment for the future, to deal transparently with the money from the general allowance budget line, which will take effect from July 1, 2017.
You can access the self-commitment here (in English).
In 2020, there is a budget of €48,500.00 that Members of Parliament can apply to use for their political work, e.g. in the form of events and publications. In each individual case, it is reviewed whether the event, flyer or giveaway complies with the guidelines for the allocation of the budget.
In 2020, I used this budget to pay for the following items, among others: server, technical support and redesign of my website, events in Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg or online, design of sharepics for social media, and the production of giveaways.
Below you can find a diagram, which shows an overview of my office's use of the general expense allowance in 2019. The budget for the 1st half of 2019 is the sum of the six monthly payments (January-June) of €4,513 and the carryover from 2018 of €6,263.51. At the end of the 2014-2019 legislative period (in June 2019), we repaid an amount of €946.81 to the administration of the European Parliament.
The total budget for the 2nd half of 2019 is €27,148.89 and consists of six payments (July-December) of approximately €4,525 per month.
An overview of the use of my general expenditure allowance in 2020 will follow here shortly.