New MPs get paid without going to work

New MPs get paid without going to work

Pristina, August 6, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In spite of the political and constitutional crisis, lawmakers of the new parliament of Kosovo are getting paid even though they don’t go to work.

The Constitutional Court has suspended the work of parliament, until it reaches a verdict, but this doesn’t mean a suspension of the salaries for new MPs and those who could not be elected.

Kosovo’s parliament secretary, Ismet Kranisi says that 102 out of 120 MPs have received their salaries.

He says that 18 MPs have not received remunerations, as they also hold other posts.

“The salary for the new MPs starts as of July 17, 2014, when they took their oath, although they have never attended this institution”, said Krasniqi.

Meanwhile, the number of those who could not be reelected is 58 and parliament is obliged to pay them for the next 12 months.

For these 58 MPs, who could not be reelected, ever month parliament must pay 1 thousand and 488 Euros for each of them, while in total, parliament must pay in a month 86 thousand and 304 Euros.

The total amount to be paid to these 58 MPs for the next 12 months is 1 million and 35 thousand and 648 Euros. /ibna/