How big is the Parliament's budget?
The 2018 EP budget amounted to € 1.95 billion of which 44% is for staff expenses, mainly salaries for the around 7000 civil servants and staff of the political groups. The budget also covers interpretation costs, the costs of outsourced translations and staff travel expenses.
As the Parliament is a democratically-elected institution, making laws that are binding in all member states, an important proportion of its permanent, temporary and freelance staff are working to translate or interpret its proceedings, so that Members and citizens alike can follow them.
About 22% of the 2018 budget is spent on MEPs' expenses, including salaries, costs for travel, offices and the pay of personal assistants.
Expenditure on Parliament’s buildings accounts for 13% of the 2017 budget. It covers rent of buildings, construction, maintenance, security and running costs in the three main places of work - Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg - as well as for its liaison offices in the 28 member states.
Information policy and administrative expenditure such as IT and telecommunications accounted for 16% in 2017. Political group activities account for a further 6% of the budget.