How big is Parliament's budget? 

The 2016 EP budget amounts to € 1.838 billion of which 34% is for staff expenses, mainly salaries for the around 7000 officials working in the General Secretariat and in the Political Groups. Moreover, this expenditure covers interpretation costs, the costs of external translation and staff mission expenses.

As the Parliament is a democratically-elected institution, involved in 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 23% of the 2016 budget is dedicated to MEPs' expenses, including salaries, costs for travel, offices and the pay of personal assistants.

Expenditure on Parliament’s buildings accounts for 13% of the 2016 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 information offices in the 28 member states.

Information policy and administrative expenditure such as IT and telecommunications account for 24%. Political Group activities account for a further 6% of the budget.