Taken from Lee Rotherham “The EU in a Nutshell” published by Harriman House 2012. This is JUST the cost of the Parliament itself, not of running the entire EU budget which runs to around €150 Bn.

Item

Cost (€ million)

MEPs salaries

€66.8  

MEP Travel expenses

€84.8  

Costs of MEP carrying out their duties

€38.3  

Subsistence and representation costs for the EP’s President

€0.179  

MEP sickness and accident budget

€3.5  

Budget for severely disabled MEPs assistance

€0.38  

Budget for retiring MEPs in non-election year

€1.5  

Pay and allowances for Parliamentary staff

€555.8  

Budget for new staff joining, leaving or transferring

€5  

Cost of conference interpretation

€60  

Social welfare costs

€0.65  

Costs of social contacts

€0.31  

Cost of medical service

€1.3  

Nurseries’ cost

€5.35  

Rent and lease costs

€46.5  

Maintenance and cleaning costs

€44.7  

Energy costs

€19  

Security costs

€37.6  

Fleet services budget

€6.5  

Cost of moving between Brussels and Strasbourg

€29.8  

Entertainment budget

€2  

Budget of in-house travel agency

€2.1  

Archive consultancy budget

€11.6  

Budget of visits to the EP

€31.7  

Peace prize and other prizes budget

€2.5  

Budget of dedicated TV channel

€22.6  

EP Information Office budget

€1.2  

Budget of MEPs’ staff

€186.6  

TOTAL

€ 1.268 Billion  

 

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