The opaque world of MEPs’ expenses is cause for concern
Europe Letter: A monthly €4,416 allowance has been heavily criticised by journalists
"There is,” as the independent MEP Marian Harkin observed with some serious diplomatic understatement, “ample opportunity to misspend.”
Matt Carthy of Sinn Féin described as “scandalous” and “defying logic” the close July decision of the European Parliament’s governing body to deny journalists’ demands for further accountability on MEPs’ expenses.
We were discussing the monthly €4,416 “general expenditure allowance” paid to all MEPs to fund their constituency offices, paid in many cases directly to their personal accounts – not in Harkin’s or Carthy’s cases – and for which no accounting or receipts are required.