"Well paid, but not a lot of attention and recognition. And plenty of a lot of work – if you want to."
"This is the job that the candidates are fighting for in the EUROPEAN elections."
"A warm April night in Strasbourg is anything but unpleasant. The mighty cathedral broods over the square and tourists. The river Ill sweep up in the clean air-duct next to the half-timbered houses and the asparagus has just crept right up on the plate."
"Yet it is actually the EU parliament just over 700 members, is not particularly fond of getting hit."
" We have calculated that we have put 900 hours on the to go back and forward to Strasbourg, sighs Fredrick Federley (C) at a press conference with Swedish journalists."
"The constant move back and forth between Brussels and Strasbourg is one of the EU parliament's standing annoyances. About once a month, members may take their pick and pack to Strasbourg for four days of debates and votes. It is enshrined in the EU constitution, and is therefore next to impossible to change, especially as long as the host country, France absolutely do not want to see any change."
"Flyttcirkusen year costs billions. It makes the members also."
"Each of the EU-parliamentarians are earning more than 92 000 sek a month before tax. Each day on official duties in Brussels and Strasbourg also provides a subsistence allowance of more than sek 3 000 sek, at the same time as the members also get a general "
"at the same time the workload is also hefty, at least for the ambitious."
"of Jobs in the EU-parliament can involve copious amounts of complex legal text to read and negotiate. At the same time is also a good amount of members, not least among ytterlighetspartierna, most use the parliament to express their views, rather than to try to contribute to some changes."
"– This is very much on the individual, how to act. It is easy to win. It is easy to disappear. You have to have an agenda and like anything, says the outgoing Swedish parlamentsveteranen Gunnar Hökmark (M)."
"the Swedish members usually overall still speak effusively about the work and its importance."
" I think it is just as fun now as it was then. It is a great environment and exciting and fun to be here, said Hökmark."
"A downside mention yet almost all. The attention and erkänslan is small – from both the media and the politikerkollegor at home."
"– It is often the last few weeks before the vote in plenary which public opinion is brought. When we negotiated on the trade with allowances, so we worked back home all the time – but no one cared a jot. It was too complicated. It was technical, " says Fredrick Federley."
"– When it is the summits and prime ministers and presidents will so it can be a little attention. But what we do here in the EUROPEAN parliament, there is no bastard who cares about, " said his colleague, Marita Ulvskog (S)."
"Every member of the EU parliament has a monthly salary of about 92 000 sek before tax (8 757,70 million). On the paid mandatory UNION tax, and insurance, which means that the net amount will be approximately 72 000 sek (6 824,85 million). The majority of EUROPEAN countries, including Sweden, require also in national treasure. The money is then paid in the EU-tax is deducted from the total tax amount."
"the Members also receive a subsistence allowance of more than sek 3 300 sek (320 euro) per day to cover food and lodging at the official meetings in Brussels or Strasbourg. In order to get the money required to register their presence – and if you miss more than half of the votes during a day reduced the amount to half. For official meetings outside the EU, there is a daily allowance of about sek 1 600 sek per day. When replaced, however, housing costs separate."
"Every month, also get members more than 47 000 sek (4 513 million) in"
"Against a receipt are reimbursed to the members in addition, even for their travel expenses to meetings in both their country of origin within and outside the EU."
"When members leave the parliament they have the right to a övergångstraktamente – in practice, the continued pay – in a maximum of two years. Joins the member to another public office during the period are the replacement of the from the övergångslönen."
"From the age of 63 years, members may also receive an EU pension, the equivalent of 3.5 percent of salary for each full year you have been a member (up to a maximum of 70%). It is not possible to have both an EU pension and övergångstraktamente at the same time."
"the Work of the EUROPEAN parliament takes place in both Brussels and Strasbourg. In Brussels, regular committee and team meetings, while the Strasbourg houses the majority of the parliament's debates and votes."
"Each member of the board sitting in one or more of the 20 standing committees, each of which have between 25 and 73 members. Each committee has a chairman and a number of the vice-president elected for 2,5 years at a time."
"In the committees processed the proposal from the EUROPEAN commission, which shall be considered by the parliament. For each proposal, appoints the committee, a rapporteur, who is responsible for developing a view on the proposal that can gain the support of a majority. When there has been voting in the first committee and then the entire parliament on the proposal."
"Usually then takes compromise negotiations with the EU member states in the council of ministers before the proposal can hammer through."