According to a report, the additional income of members of the Bundestag has risen sharply in the current legislative period.
Since an initial balance in 2013 of an estimated 30 million euros, they have now increased to around 53 million euros, writes the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (Saturday edition), citing a study by the Otto Brenner Foundation. The largest proportion of secondary earners therefore comes from the Union faction, followed by the FDP.
According to the study, 261 of the 709 members of the Bundestag stated that, in addition to their mandate, they also have paid sideline jobs. The study therefore describes additional income as “the problem of a privileged minority of MPs”.
Following a tightening of the transparency rules as a result of the mask affair and cases of paid lobbying work for Azerbaijan by Union MPs, additional income of more than a thousand euros per month will no longer have to be specified in stages, but rather precisely quantified.
The study criticizes the fact that even with the new procedure a precise control of the information is not guaranteed and suggests that a separate commission of MPs and external experts be appointed to examine it.