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Everything But MPs Salaries is Falling Apart

ParliamentThe Parliament budget was 6,853,000 Euros less for the year 2014 than it was in 2013. This reduction is due to all the cuts from employee salaries, deductions in building leases, operating costs, etc., but of course…..not from the MPs earnings.
According to the detailed text given to members of the Parliament Budget Committee, which will be discussed in the House Assembly on Monday, the budget will amount to 141,898,000 million Euros, compared with 148,751,000 Euros in 2013, 170,972,000 Euros in 2012 and 222,140,000 Euros in 2009. According to the updated Medium Term Financial Strategy for the years 2014-2017, the budget is within targets.
Furthermore, Greece’s EU Presidency will add to the funds of the Parliament. The amount that will be added is estimated to be approximately 1,090,000 (295,000 Euros for exhibitions, organizing conferences and cultural events, 20,000 Euros for public relations, 160,000 Euros for repair and maintenance of buildings, 402,000 Euros for translations etc.).
The net income for MPs remains at 6,500 Euros.
The funds that will also remain the same are:
– MP Compensation 20,952 million Euros
– MP Compensation for participating in holiday sections of the Parliament and its committees: 1,575,000 Euros
– Allocation for MP office organizing: 6,478,000 euros
– MP transport: 1.365 million euros
In particular, the compensation for each MP is 5668.83 Euros per month. To which it should be added that MPs receive on average  437.5 Euros each month as a compensation for participating in committees and summer Assemblies, 1,799.4 Euros as a bonus for office organization, 50.83 for their families and 379.16 Euros for transportation.
An average MP salary is around 8,200 euros, and the net income comes up to 6,000 to 6,500 euros.
As far as the staff of the Parliament is concerned, there are 1,393 employees (permanent employees, private law employees, special guards and revocable employees).
A. Permanent: there are 718 positions. Until the 31st of May 2013, 593 were occupied and by the end of 2012, 581.
B. Private Law: there are 853 positions. Until the 31st of May 2013, 609 were occupied and at the end of 2012, 611.
C. Special guards: there are 75 positions and 72 are occupied
D. Revocable: there are 200 seats and 119 are currently occupied.

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