Bulgaria’s new MPs will get slight pay rise

The 240 members of Bulgaria’s 42nd National Assembly, the country’s unicameral Parliament being elected on May 12 2013, will get slightly more pay than their predecessors.

MPs will have a basic salary of 2415 leva (about 1238 euro). The figure is calculated on the basis of three average monthly salaries in Bulgaria, new figures for which were released by the National Statistical Institute on May 10. This figure is about 100 leva higher than the basic salary of an MP in the 41st National Assembly.

However, MPs’ pay is supplemented according to length of service and there is additional pay for membership of parliamentary portfolio committees.

The next Speaker of Parliament will be paid a basic salary of 3743.25 leva a month, according to a report by 24 Chassa. The National Assembly’s presiding officer gets an MP’s salary plus 55 per cent.

President Rossen Plevneliev (head of state and not of government and whose political fate is not being decided in the May elections) will get a salary of 4830 leva. The President is paid double the salary on an MP.

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)




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