As part of its budget consolidation plan, the government of Iveta Radičová approved a proposal to reduce expenditures on salaries of parliament by about ten percent on Wednesday, November 17, the SITA newswire reported.
This is a parliamentary draft bill elaborated by a group of governing coalition MPs which aims to save public expenditures. The parliamentary bill on the remuneration of certain constitutional officials was advanced by lawmakers to the second reading in early November.
Members of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) supported the ruling coalition's proposal with their votes although their MPs did not sign the draft. They plan to suggest in the second reading an alternative to the rather complicated formula in the draft bill. KDH wants to propose a change according to which an MP’s salary would not be at three times the average wage in the national economy, but only 2.7-fold, which is a simple ten percent reduction.
"A new mechanism is proposed for determining the salary of an MP, depending on the average nominal monthly salary in the national economy and depending on the percentage of the general government deficit of Slovakia from the gross domestic product," states the proposal as quoted by SITA.
Currently, the annual cost for Slovakia's 150 members of parliament is €12,770,315. After the changes, this would fall by a little less than 10.13 percent. Opposition MPs view the proposal as unsystematic and chaotic and consider a freeze of current salaries more effective.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Nov 2010 at 10:00