The info has been around for a while. In fact a "whistle blower" in EC Finance lost her job when she spoke out and said the organization was riddled with fraud and slush funds
These official fiddles below date back 10 years but I believe are still available.
EU fiddles: How MEPs can exploit their expenses
There are several ways in which MEPs can maximise their income without breaking any regulations:
Appointing a friend as paying agent
The rules allow for the £160,000 a year staff allowance to be disbursed by a nominated agent, who is meant to be a firm of accountants. But this is not a formal requirement, and some MEPs nominate family members to handle the entire sum, paying themselves out of it.
Keeping the surplus
The paying agent might also run a surplus each month. In theory, any surplus should be repayed and the end of the five-year term, but audits are unknown and if, six years after they have stood down, no one has asked to see the books, MEPs are no longer required to produce figures.
Conservative expenses row: David Cameron says MPs have to be 'open and accountable' 09 Jun 2008
Signing in for five days when working a three-day week
Most meetings in the European Parliament take place between Tuesday and Thursday. But an MEP who arrives before 10.00 pm on a Monday and leaves after 7.00 am on a Friday can clock in for five full days, worth £1150 (tax-free).
Maximising the mileage
MEPs are paid at a fixed travel rate, regardless of whether they drive, take the train or fly. There is a direct Air France flight from London to Strasbourg, but it is expensive, and there is little difference between the actual cost and the official reimbursement rate. If MEPs take a cheap flight from Stansted to Frankfurt Hahn, and arrange for an official car to drive them 100 miles to the European Parliament, they can make around £700 in clear profit.
Never missing a week
Although there are six designated "constituency weeks" each year, in which there are no meetings at the European Parliament, and MEPs are supposed to work in their home countries, those who do come can still claim the full mileage allowance – and, of course, sign in for £227 a day
Also look at this
I recall that the MEP for Madeira used to charge car mileage to and from Brussels under these rules at a tidy profit. He could charge £450 ish each way. Of course he travelled by air. The roads between the island and the mainland are regularly flooded!!The airfare is about £200 return.
Why would you want to pay a club membership where the committee had their hands in the till. Where they waste money. And when the accounts come to be audited the Auditors say "no way" these accounts are full of holes.
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