Year end 2012Â Information about MEPs salaries and allowances, including staffing arrangements, is published on the Parliamentâ€™s website, here. My details for the year ending 2012 were:
The monthly pre-tax salary of MEPs under the single statute is, in 2012, â‚¬ 7.956,87. My salary is paid from Parliamentâ€™s budget and is subject to an EU tax and accident insurance contribution. My salary is also subject to Irish tax.
Travel and Subsistence allowance. MEPs are refunded the actual cost of their travel tickets on presentation of receipts, plus fixed allowances based on the distance and duration of the journey. I received â‚¬63,274.71 in travel expenses for the year ending 2012. Parliament pays a flat-rate subsistence allowance for each day of attendance at official meetings of the Parliament bodies within the European Community to cover accommodation, meals and all other expenses involved in such attendance. The allowance is paid only if the Member has signed an official attendance register. I received â‚¬51,528.00 for the year ending 2012.
General expenditure allowance. This allowance â€“ for the year ending 2012, â‚¬51,588 â€“ is paid to cover the costs involved in running a constituency office including management and maintenance costs, office supplies and documentation, telephone and postal charges, and the purchase, operation and maintenance of computer and other equipment.
Staff Budget. MEPs can choose their own staff within a budget set by Parliament.
I employ 5 staff. None are related to me, although one is married to my brother-in-law.
Accredited assistants, based in Brussels (or Strasbourg) are administered and paid directly by Parliamentâ€™s administration.
Assistants based in an MEPâ€™s home country are handled by qualified paying agents, who guarantee that all appropriate tax and PRSI is paid.
For the year ending 2012 the cost was â‚¬235,527.70. This includes travel and subsistence costs of assistants when they travel to Strasbourg for Parliamentâ€™s plenary sessions and for other travel undertaken by staff in the course of their official duties.