The outputs of the EESC are not worth absurd allowances

Press releases   |  29.04. 2021

The Council decision to block a €200 daily allowance proposed by the European Economic for its Members who attend virtual meetings was a move in the right direction. The work performed by the Committee should not be rewarded by absurd allowances according to Tomáš Zdechovský, the EPP Group coordinator on the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament.

“The proposed daily allowance of €200 for sitting home connected to online meetings is yet another proof of cronyism in the European Economic and Social Committee. As much as I appreciate the work done by Members of the Committee in their real jobs, the outputs they produce are not worth a remuneration, not talking about a daily allowance for visiting Brussels when they stay home comfortably,” says Tomáš Zdechovský.

On Tuesday, the Council refused to grant the allowance proposed by the EESC despite of the remote way of work the Committee has been operating in.

“I am glad that the Council shares this view and blocked the outrageous proposal. After all, Member States representatives are addressees of the Committee’s opinions too. They have probably made a picture for themselves how much these documents are really useful for their work,” concluded Zdechovský, who prepares parliamentary discharges to the EESC.