SNOUTS IN THE TROUGH: MEPs Reject Expenses Transparency
Expenses claims generally require receipts however not in the EU anymore. The Bureau of the European Parliament voted 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 Bureau is responsible for oversight of all matters pertaining to the EU’s budget administration, organisation and staff.
GEA is intended to provide for MEPs office expenses such as rent and stationery and is paid on top of salaries as a tax-free lump sum straight into MEPs personal bank accounts. MEPs currently are under no obligation to account for how they spend the money nor return any unspent money.
In total, it costs the EU over £35million. Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman branded the whole system “totally outrageous”:
“The perfect answer is to leave the EU, which we’re doing.
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“The whole system is outrageous. It’s a very patchy system and the bureau doesn’t want to do anything about it. Sometimes no one knows quite where the money goes.”
Well quite, except Treason May’s sell-out means we will sadly not be leaving the EU anytime soon so British money will continue to vanish into the unknown thanks to this decision.