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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 6 July 2010, Official Report, columns 6-7WS, on the European Parliament Transitionary Protocol, what the estimated cost to the European Union of the 18 additional MEPs will be between now and 2014.
The additional MEPs will be subject to the same reimbursement arrangements as current serving MEPs. The monthly post-EU tax salary of an MEP is currently set at €6,083.91. This is paid from the European Parliament's budget. In addition to this salary, MEPs are entitled to a number of allowances, including travel expenses, daily allowance and general expenditure allowance. More details can be found on the European Parliament's website:
The transitionary protocol has to be ratified by all 27 EU member states before the additional MEPs can formally take up their seats, so it is not possible to make a definitive calculation of cost as it is not known when this will be. However, all expenditure will come from the European Parliament's share of the EU budget.