General Expenditure Allowance and attendance rates

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Dear European Parliament,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

According to Article 31(2)of the Implementing measures for the Statute for Members of the European Parliament (IMMS), Members who are absent on at least 50% of the days fixed by the Bureau for plenary sessions in a given year (counted from 1 September to 31 August), shall reimburse to Parliament 50% of the general expenditure allowance they received for that period.

The Bureau then decided (PV BUR. 14.09.2020) that the sessions impacted by the pandemic should not be counted and thus the calculation of 50% presence should be based only on the sessions of 2019 and the normal sessions in 2020, i.e. only January and February.

I am demanding:

1. Any information or documentation that reveals the number of MEPs whose absence rate was at least 50% between 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020.

2. Any information or documentation that reveals the number of MEPs whose absence rate was at least 50% based only on the sessions of 2019 and the normal sessions in 2020, i.e. only January and February.

3. Any information on how many of those MEPs (whose absence rate was at least 50% based on the sessions of 2019 and the normal sessions in 2020, i.e. only January and February.) had reimbursed to Parliament 50% of the general expenditure allowance they received for that period.

Yours faithfully,

Nikolaj Nielsen

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Dear Mr Nielsen,

 

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TRANSPARENCY UNIT

 
European Parliament
Directorate-General for the
Presidency
Directorate for Interinstitutional
Affairs and Legislative Coordination
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Dear Mr Nielsen,

I am writing you with regard to your document request registered with the
reference A(2020)11550.

 

In relation to your access to documents request , no specific existing
document is available. All information has been extracted from the
relevant electronic database used by the competent unit within DG FINS,
also based on the information received from the Directorate for the
Plenary of DG PRES on Member's attendance to plenary sessions. In general,
information on the attendance of Members is duly registered and publicly
available by going through the minutes ("PV") of the respective plenary
sessions (see [1]https://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/e...).

 

Furthermore, on question 1), we inform you that since most of the sessions
in 2020 were held as remote (so-called "hybrid sessions"), this question
cannot be replied in absolute terms. Moreover, in September the Bureau
decided an exceptional derogation to Article 31(2) and (3) IMMS by which
months March to August 2020 will not be counted for the recovery, with no
need to request an excuse from the President via the Quaestors.

 

On questions 2) and 3), only one Member's absence rate was at least 50%
during the mentioned period (i.e., "the sessions in 2019 and the normal
sessions in 2020"). The reimbursement procedure is currently ongoing.

 

 

We hope that this reply can meet your demands.

In view of the forgoing, European Parliament considers your application as
handled and closes the file.  

Kind regards

 

 

[2]cid:image001.png@01D69BF7.F4F36EB0 TRANSPARENCY UNIT

 
European Parliament
Directorate-General for the
Presidency
Directorate for Interinstitutional
Affairs and Legislative Coordination
[3][European Parliament request email]
[4]www.europarl.europa.eu/RegistreWeb

 

 

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