“To pay EU officials more than the Prime Minister to do nothing seems rotten but then getting value for British tax-payer’s money has never been a high priority for the EU which is a bonfire of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash.” - UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott
• Last night (24.10.2016) in the European Parliament Budget Committee an amendment was passed which will allow an employee of the European Economic and Social Committee to be put on leave and given a maximum of €18,000 per month allowance until he retires, which could take up to five years.
According to the Staff statutes, 5% of all EU staff eligible for retirement, can get full pay for doing nothing up to a maximum of 5 years.
The staff member in question was on AD14 which means his basic is 12k euro per month.
UKIP MEP and member of the Budget Committee Jonathan Arnott commented:
“For this individual to be paid this staggering amount of money and then be explicitly asked to do nothing flies in the face of hard-working Brits who do a hard day’s work for their money.”
“To pay them more than the Prime Minister to do nothing seems rotten but then getting value for British tax-payer’s money has never been a high priority for the EU which is a bonfire of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash.
“UKIP will be grilling the European Commission to find out exactly how many EU officials are on this ‘money-for-nothing’ scheme. I hear Dire Straits playing in the background.”
The official in question is on Grade AD 14 which means he is on a basic salary of 12k euro per month.
Debating in Committee, Monday night, UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew, standing in for Mr Arnott, demanded to know why this official was getting paid for 5 years for doing nothing, and also demanded a vote on it after the chairman tried to wave it through without a vote.
“How long is this man going to be paid for not doing anything?” Stuart Agnew asked committee members. “He appears to be a very fortunate individual... Let democracy exercise itself and have a vote on these four [items].”