The "expense allowances" for Greek parliamentarians have been released, and have create a storm of disgust in Greece. I thought it might be fun, if not useful, to see how the various elected representatives in Europe "reward" themselves over and above their wages.
Here's the Greek scam.
Wages: 6000-6500€ net per month
Fixed expense allowances:
Office: 2,263€ per month (this does not include wages for staff!) It covers post, paper, photocopying, etc.
Mileage cost: 364€-607€ per month, depending on where they come from
Car Allowance 1,200€ per month for outside Attica with a max cc of 1800. 750€ inside Attica, with a max cc of 1400. This is to cover the cost of leasing a car.
Rent Allowance: 1,000€ per month
Phone (fixed line): 917€ per month, with deputies from outside Attica entitled to 8 lines, those inside Attica 7 lines
Mobile phone: 200€ per month
Air Tickets: 875€ per month, or 104 flights per year (only for those from outside Attica)
Scientific Counsellors (!): 2 counsellors per MP, 4500€ per month in total. Each MP also gets another 2 employees assigned from the civil service, who are paid by the civil service. All 4 of these are entitled to a flat 45 hours per month OVERTIME!
Social Security coverage: this is a "special rate" for MPs and their families of 350€ per month.
Committee money: a payment of 1150€ a month is given to each MP as COMPENSATION for participating in various committees.
Last month, Gerasimos Giakoumatos, MP of ND submitted a bill for "expenses" of 8267.12€.
Knowing that the average wage in Greece today is 400€ per month, while an unemployed person receives a max of 360€ a month for a max of 1 year, it is refreshing to know that that a Greek MP costs the state an average of 673€ per day.
How do we compare to others? It would be really good to find out, might just kill the myth of politicians fleecing the system