No. 1




Remuneration and Benefits of Members of Parliament – an International Comparison

  • Kai Priks

    Adviser to the Department of Economic and Social Information, Chancellery of the Riigikogu

The necessity for an international comparison of remuneration and benefits of Members of Parliament has arisen from the work of drafting, amendment and revision of legal acts regulating the payment of the work of Members of Parliament. This overview is based on the data presented in Istanbul in 1996 at the conference of the Association of Secretary Generals of Parliaments.

Members of Parliament normally receive remuneration for their work on the basis of an official document, but the level of regulation is different. In Estonia, payments to Members of Parliament are regulated by the law on the salary, pensions and other social guarantees of the members of the Riigikogu that entered into force on 1 July 1992 and was amended at the beginning of 1999. In addition to the basic salary, Members of Parliament receive various allowances and social guarantees: travel expenses, housing expenses, office rooms, office equipment, expenses for post and publications, money on transfer to another job, pensions.

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