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The real salary of the deputies exceeds 20,000 euro

16 July 2012 / 13:07:52  GRReporter
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- The budget foresees also expenses for transportation amounting to 1,705,000 euro per year, or 473 euro a month per deputy.

- In total, for "expenses, related to the organization of an office", 8,146,900 euro are foreseen. This means that each deputy will receive monthly 2,263 euro. This sum includes also the 1,000 euro, which are granted to the people's representatives for postal expenses.

- The rent allowance, which the deputies from the province receive, is about 1,000 euro per month. Most of them, however, stay in central hotels, which have contracts with the Parliament.

- For their telephone expenses, each deputy receives about 11,800 euro per year, or 983 euro per month. This sum is for the conversations from a non-mobile phone. For the mobiles, they receive an additional 200 euro per month.

The sum of all extras is 20,479 euro, as the Athens deputies receive about 2,000 euro less, because for them, the rent allowances and the extras for plane tickets, which their colleagues from the province get, are not foreseen. Here one should note that the deputies have the right to continue to exercise their profession even after they are elected as members of the Parliament, and to earn money from it.

At the same time, the sum of 12,000 euro, which the deputies receive in addition to their main salary of 8,000 euro in the form of extras, cannot be reached by any means from the compensations for overtime or business trips, received by some judges and prosecutors.

Thus, for now the Parliament is keeping the request of the judges in the drawer and prefers not to respond, at least until they find a way to justify the sums, received by the deputies. It is interesting whether a decrease will follow in their privileges, as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised in the discussion before the vote of confidence to the government.

Tags: Politics parliament salaries deputies court magistrates privileges
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