Baku. 12 April. REPORT.AZ/ Huge differences exist between MPs’ salaries and expenses across the EU with some countries paying their parliamentarians ten times more than others, a Euronews investigation has found. Report informs this is stated in the study of Euronews
Italian MPs enjoy the highest basic salary in the bloc, earning around 167,000 euros a year, while their Bulgarian counterparts take home just 16,318 euros annually.
Lawmakers from the UK, Italy, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands all earn more than Members of the European Parliament, who take home around 96,000 euros a year.
The figures show a broad east-west divide in the EU, with a strip of eastern states accounting for the bulk of the least well paid representatives.
The best salaries are to be found at the EU’s heart, in Germany, and a central strip spreading out vertically to encompass Austria and Italy.
Further west, in Spain and Portugal, MPs are paid more on a par with eastern Europe than the likes of France, Germany or Italy.