Diana Wallis slams MEP expenses reform

Via the FT:

An attempt by the European parliament to clean up expenses led to acrimony on Thursday when a member charged with drafting reforms called its decision-making more shambolic than a village council.

Diana Wallis, a British Liberal Democrat, complained that proposals to force deputies to account for some of their €4,000 ($6,230, £3,185) a month office expenses were scrapped by senior MEPs in a closed-door meeting without warning.

Parliamentary sources said that the leaders of the two biggest political groupings, the centre-right European People’s party and the leftwing Socialists, had lobbied for changes just hours before the crunch meeting. Both are dominated by German MEPs implacably opposed to sweeping reform.

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6 Comments

  • Diana Wallis 24th May '08 - 2:18pm

    Thanks for posting this story. However, just to be clear I was criticising the decision-making process and what I actually said was ‘… that my own local parish council could have made a better job of it!’ I would certainly not imply that my local parish council was shambolic but rather that the EP’s Bureau was.

  • Bishop – No! Whatever its faults it is frankly better than the alternative.

  • If you think the cost of living is expensive now it would be a lot worse outside the EU. It is no coincidence that the three most expensive places to live in the world (Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) are all outside the EU. You need a mortgage just to buy a beer in Oslo!

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