you're reading...
BLOG, EP Answers

Staffing arrangements of Members of the European Parliament

ty / Fotolia

The European Parliament regularly receives enquiries from citizens about staff working for Members of the European Parliament.

Members are free to choose their own staff, although they may not employ close relatives. To cover the costs of hiring staff, Members have a monthly budget of about €25 000 at their disposal. However, the Parliament does not simply give these sums to the Members. Parliament pays their staff salaries directly – and contributes to the relevant tax and social security authorities.

Three categories of staff work for Members: ‘accredited parliamentary assistants’, ‘local assistants’ and trainees.

Members choose their accredited parliamentary assistants. The European Parliament then hires them under a direct contract. They assist Members in the exercise of their functions in the Parliament’s premises at one of its three places of work (Brussels, Luxembourg or Strasbourg). Members of the European Parliament can recruit a maximum of three accredited assistants or, in certain circumstances, four. At least a quarter of the total budget must be used for the employment of accredited assistants.

Members hire local assistants to work for them on EU matters in the country where they were elected, under employment contracts governed by national law. A maximum of three quarters of the total budget can be used for these local assistants.

Trainees have a traineeship agreement with a Member. They can work either in the Parliament’s premises or in the country of election.

Several Members can pool together to recruit one or several accredited or local assistants.

Staff working for Members carry out a wide range of tasks, which are determined by the Member, based on his/her official functions within Parliament (such as Vice-President or Quaestor), his/her interests, as well as his/her personal style.

Common tasks carried out by Members’ staff include administration (such as organising meetings, answering calls or managing the Member’s agenda and mailbox); parliamentary work (such as drafting amendments, following the activities of committees, preparing plenary sessions or negotiating with other Members’ assistants); policy (for instance building expertise on files where the Member is active); and communication (for example drafting speeches or managing the Member’s social media accounts). The names of staff of Members of the European Parliament are published on the Parliament’s website.

Continue to put your questions to the Citizens’ Enquiries Unit (Ask EP)! We reply in the EU language that you use to write to us.

Further information

About Ask EP

The Citizens' Enquiries Unit provides information on the activities, powers and organisation of the European Parliament. You ask, we answer.


2 thoughts on “Staffing arrangements of Members of the European Parliament

  1. Dear Honourable Sir,
    Hope you are well. I am Mahmud Rasel from Bangladesh. Sir, our is a green country. But our population is huge.. Our government can’t give us proper food, cloth, education, medicine or residence.. About 2.5 core people live in road or open place.Here about five core students and young people are suffering unemployment problem..for this Most of the young people are destroying them by drug.. They disappointed for this problem. Our poor family suffering for this problem.. Sir, please do something for me..I want to migrate your country.. I want to a low quality work.. I want to save me and my family..Please sir, do for something.. Do for my family.. Sir, i follow all rules and regulation in your country


    Posted by MD Rasel Hossain | August 30, 2019, 12:29


  1. Pingback: Staffing arrangements of Members of the European Parliament | - July 5, 2019

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Download the EPRS App

EPRS App on Google Play
EPRS App on App Store
What Europe Does For You
EU Legislation in Progress
Topical Digests
EPRS Podcasts

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,505 other followers

Disclaimer and Copyright statement

The content of all documents (and articles) contained in this blog is the sole responsibility of the author and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Parliament. It is addressed to the Members and staff of the EP for their parliamentary work. Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the European Parliament is given prior notice and sent a copy.

For a comprehensive description of our cookie and data protection policies, please visit Terms and Conditions page.

Copyright © European Union, 2014-2019. All rights reserved.

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: