My monthly income and expenses as a Member of the European Parliament
The monthly salary (after EU tax) amounts to 6.827,42 €. Members are also paid a subsistence allowance of 320 € for each day’s attendance in Brussels or Strasbourg to cover their expenses; on monthly average this amounts to 4.587 € for me. After taxes my estimated monthly net income is 7.200 €.
I donate 70 € per month to the German Pirate Party (Schleswig-Holstein chapter).
Capital earnings (interest on savings, PSD Bank Karlsruhe-Neustadt dividend) of less than 100 € per month
See also my Declaration of financial interests.
Equipment paid with public funds
MEPs receive a monthly expenditure allowance, the use of which Pirate MEPs will publish (see certificate for 2020 spending here). A detailed overview on our expenses is available here. By clicking on an expense, the invoice of the payment can be viewed.
I have also receive passes for free travel with German and Belgian railways. The European Parliament covers our travel expenses on MEP business.
Parliamentary assistance allowance
MEPs receive a personnel budget of currently 25,620 euros per month (as of 2021). This budget can be used for local and accredited assistants. At the same time, we as MEPs are free to employ service providers for regular work, such as IT support or video editing. An overview of my assistants and service providers is published here. I have published the current breakdown of expenses from this budget (called Parliamentary Assistance Allowance) for the year 2020 and the year 2021.
I am a member of the German privacy NGO Working Group on Data Retention (Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung) as well as of Greenpeace, Mehr Demokratie e.V. and Reporter ohne Grenzen (RSF).