I don’t like to count other peoples money. But looking from here, in Lithuania, our European MEPs (members of European Parliament), have a pretty cushy life already.
What with their salary, per diems, travel, office and consumables allowances, their incomes are usually significantly higher then any mid sized company CEO, and about 5 higher what a local MP gets.
Well, crisis or no crisis, Greek bailouts or no, our MEPs have to have their perks. And, of course, be much more accessible to their constituency.
According to Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws, citing this particular “accessibility to constituency” reason, Secretary General of the European Parliament, Klaus Welle decided to get each MEP (all 736 of them), an… iPad!
The whole purchase will cost taxpayers ~600 000 Euro, with the money to be drawn from the budget of 5 mil. Euro EU Mobility project.
If this is true, it sounds like a really inspired use of taxpayer money, guys.
With the remaining 4.4 mil Euro from the Mobility project, do order an iPad/iPhone app for each MEP, so he can be really truly accessible to an average voter, and our love for European Parliament will soar to new heights…
Via: Mobile Cowboys
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