The MEPs earning millions of euros from jobs on the side

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Almost a third of the 751 Members the European Parliament (MEPs) have earned a combined total of up to 41 million euros from outside activities over the four years since the current legislature was elected in 2014, according to a report published this week by anti-corruption organisation Transparency International. The numbers of MEPs remunerated for outside activities – which include working for private companies, lobbyists and investment funds – has risen dramatically since 2014, reveals the NGO which highlights a limp and ill-enforced code of ethics that allows numerous potential conflicts of interest among the lawmakers who are among the continent’s highest-paid elected representatives. Mediapart Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant reports.

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Close to a third of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) rack up millions of euros in extra income from jobs and positions they occupy outside their parliamentary activities, with French MEPs earning the most from the ‘moonlighting’ jobs, according to a report published this week by the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International.