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MEP second pension list published « Europe not EU

At least 50 per cent of MEPs will get a publicly funded second pension when they retire.

In the British case, where it is 80 per cent of MEPs, the leaders of all the political parties, Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Ukip are represented.

Fair enough, they are entitled to it and they must be worth it.

Hat tip to Open Europe for publishing the list (which is not exhaustive) - click here.

The European Ombudsman has repeatedly ruled that the names of the MEPs who benefit from the scheme should be published.

by Fran on Fri Apr 17th, 2009 at 02:36:52 PM EST
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I think we need to know that this is commentary from (ET member) Bruno Waterfield on his blog on EUObserver.

He's entitled to think that elected representatives are abusive when they take comfortable salaries and benefits. Others are entitled to think that not paying comfortable salaries and benefits is an open door to poor quality and low commitment, and is in any case unworthy of the democratic ideal most of us support.

Bruno hat-tips Open Europe, a "think tank", for courageously busting down an open door (no pun intended) and publishing what is public. Take a look here for a notion of the quality of Open Europe's "work".

Bruno has told us he's pro-European and on the left. Pity his work looks like it's Europhobic and on the right.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Apr 17th, 2009 at 03:33:01 PM EST
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