Salary, allowances and expenses
This page provides information on my salary, with details of the various allowances and expenses paid directly to me in my role as an elected member of the European Parliament.
Salary, allowances and expenses
I received a salary of €100,182.42 in 2016 paid from the Parliament’s budget. Following deduction of Irish taxes and European Community taxes, the net amount is €60,606.00
MEPs are refunded the actual cost of travel between their member state and either the Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg (2016 travel costs incurred- fully vouched totalled €19,929.25); and also receive vouched travel allowances based on the distance and duration of travel from their member state (€11,423.37 in 2016). MEPs also receive €306.00 per day, for each day they attend Parliament, this pays for accommodation in Brussels and Strasbourg (a total of €44,676.00 in 2016).
Note: Additional vouched travel may be refunded to attend a speaking engagement/ conference in another member state. In 2016, under this category, I received fully vouched expenses of €709.68.
In 2016 the total costs associated to the employ of four full-time staff and an approved paying agent (accountant) including all PRSI payments and European Parliament charges was €238,308.
Accredited assistants, based in Brussels or Strasbourg are paid directly by Parliament’s administration, under the conditions of employment for non-permanent EU staff. Local Assistants based in MEPs’ Member States are handled by qualified paying agents. This guarantees full revenue compliance regarding tax and social security arrangements.
MEPs also receive an office allowance of €4,320.00 per month which pays for all constituency based office expenses including advertising, training, constituency meetings (venue hire and refreshments where necessary), constituency vehicle insurance, taxation and maintenance, parking/ toll fees, newspapers, press subscriptions, stationary and postage, office equipment, office general expenditure, mobile and landline telephone bills. Funds received totalled €51,840.00, and expenditure totalled €47,164.43.
Health Insurance Contribution
I received a monthly payment of €151.72 for Health Insurance.
Former Members of the European Parliament are entitled to an old-age pension from the age of 63. The pension equals 3.5% of the salary for each full year’s exercise of a mandate but not more than 70% in total. The cost of these pensions is met from the European Union budget.
The application and processing for eTax Clearance applications is in electronic format since 1/1/16. One of the key changes from paper tax clearance to eTax Clearance is that an eTax Clearance certificate will be reviewed, and can be rescinded (or withdrawn) where a taxpayer is found to be non-compliant with their obligations. Previously tax clearance certificates were issued for periods up to 12 months, and could not be withdrawn even when the taxpayer became non-compliant within that 12-month period. With electronic tax clearance, real-time ongoing review means that a taxpayer’s clearance certificate can be rescinded if his or her tax affairs are not kept in order. As of the 21st June 2016 my tax affairs continue to be fully compliant as evidenced by my e-Tax Clearance Confirmation.