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Six of Portugal's moonlighting MEPs have raked in €500,000 or more

europeanparliamentA report from Transparency International highlights the additional income MEPs have been earning outside their role as State representatives.

Portuguese MEP, Paulo Rangel, has helped push Portugal in the first half of the outside earnings table, just above Spain and Greece.

A range of earning opportunities has been embraced by Portugal’s MEPs who are adept at promoting themselves in the fields of business management, advocacy, consultancy, teaching, participation in conferences and being paid to appear on TV.

These are just some of the 1,366 parallel activities declared by the 751 Members of the European Parliament, who together generated additional income of at least €18 million since the beginning of the current mandate.

A report from Transparency International, released in Brussels on July 10, shows that six of Portugal’s 21 MEPs, elected in July 2014, earned at least €404,000 in addition to the €8,484 per month they are paid by taxpayers to represent Portugal’s interests in Europe.

Portugal comes in tenth on the list that sees French MEPs firmly in the gravy train driving seat.

In the list of the 30 MEPs who receive the most money from abroad, led by the Italian Renato Soru, is Portugal’s own Paulo Rangel who lists six outside earning sources, including practicing law and appearing on TV as a commentator.

Rangel has earned between €280,000 and €704,000 in the past four years, in addition to his not inconsiderable salary.

Speaking to the Público newspaper, Rangel said that, "the figures presented are manifestly false" and that his only current activities outside of politics are teaching and television punditry.

In the 'Moonlighting in Brussels' report, Transparency International points to weak ethics oversight by the European Parliament, despite a Code of Conduct having been in force since 2012.

In the last five years, rules have been broken 24 times but only one person has been reprimanded and no sanctions have ever been deployed.

Among the recommendations in the study, is the creation of an independent body to punish those who breach ethical norms and the need for more detail on these outside earnings as well as a complete ban on lobbying in the Strasbourg and Brussels offices.




0 #6 AL 2018-07-12 11:59
Quoting John Sturridge:
...how is it that the Portuguese internet is so full of this stuff and why does it still matter so much to the British today??

Upon doing a Google search for mapa cor de rosa in the "Portuguese Internet" we get the first 10 entries referencing to Portuguese history sites or history related sites. Why? Is it because it's part of Portuguese history?

Why does it still matter so much to the British today? Good question because certain British people keep bringing this up on Ed's website even when it is completely irrelevant to the report.
-2 #5 John Sturridge 2018-07-11 14:03
Quite significant that Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes a.k.a Lady Haw Haw is very hard to find commentating in UK news any more. So that line of income has dried up for her. All it needed was circulating to the UK national press insignificant events in British history in their original Portuguese. Things like mapa core da rosa and Ultimato Ingles 1890 and posing the question - how is it that the Portuguese internet is so full of this stuff and why does it still matter so much to the British today??
0 #4 Darren 2018-07-11 13:55
Something lost in translation here or is it the distance from Brussels? This is obviously a cesspit needing flushing but how can these MEP's be "declaring" their sources of external income - then Rangel tells us his total is manifestly false. Is this worked out through declarations by the external sources? A news organisation would list what it paid for a news article or TV interview ? Some Legal practice discovered through court appearances. A lobbying group or management consultancy presumably boasting of having MEP's X, Y & Z on their books? Why aren't Portugal's Financas also onto this?
+4 #3 AL 2018-07-11 08:11
"...a complete ban on lobbying in the Strasbourg and Brussels offices."
And have the MEPs represent the people that voted for them instead of representing multinationals? Next will see pigs fly over Strasbourg.
+2 #2 Peter Booker 2018-07-11 07:30
This is similar to the recent expenses scandal in the Commons. It is time that elected representatives - who are paid a salary that most people cannot even dream of - were forbidden from taking paid work outside their representative duties.

But they are self policing, and of course they will never disadvantage themselves.

I think that the Commons was better when an MP had no salary, and was supported financially either by a union or a profession. These outside bodies could and did exercise some kind of ethical control.
+3 #1 Chip 2018-07-10 23:16
Lack of ethics in the EU? Surely not.