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An EU employee has been put on leave and given €18,000 per month

An “appalling money for nothing” scheme for EU employees taking early retirement has been highlighted by UKIP.

The issue has come to light after approval was given this week for an employee to be put on leave and given €18,000 per month potentially for five years.

The unnamed staff member currently earns €12,000 a month but an amendment passed by the EU Budget Committee involves not only a larger sum but it will be classed as an allowance.

And at the employee’s request he will continue to pay into the organisation’s generous pension scheme.  He has been placed on leave “in the interests of the service” effective from December 1.

According to the Staff statutes, 5% of all EU staff eligible for retirement, can get full pay for doing nothing up to a maximum of five years.

Jonathan Arnott, North East UKIP MEP, said, “For this individual to be paid this staggering amount of money and then be explicitly asked to do nothing flies in the face of hard-working Brits who do a proper day’s work for their money.

“To pay them more than the Prime Minister to do nothing is appalling – but then getting value for British tax-payer’s money has never been a high priority for the EU which is a bonfire of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash.

“I have written to the Secretariat to ask for clarification about exactly how much taxpayers’ money is involved in this case, and will be grilling the Commission to find out how much money is being spent to keep other officials on similar money-for-nothing schemes.”

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