In January 2018, Ignazio Corrao, an Italian MEP from the Five Star Movement, attacked the governing body of the European Union for receiving some of the highest salaries in the world. He claimed the President of the Commission, Jean-Claud Juncker “receives 138 per cent of the salary of the official with the highest grade of the Commission, which is €27,436 (£24,006) a month”, followed by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, who ”earns €25,845 (22,614) a month”. However, European Commissioners are not the only EU officials to receive “exorbitant” salaries as, according to the EU’s statistics authority, Mr Tusk receives a monthly paycheque that not only dwarfs Mr Juncker’s but is also close to the average yearly salary for British workers.
The 61-year-old earns a monthly salary of €32,200 (£28,180) and even received a £495-a-month pay-rise last Christmas.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the average annual wage in the UK in 2018 was £29,500.
Mr Tusk’s annual pay of £336,000 is also more than double that of Theresa May, who earned £150,400 last year.
After Mr Corrao referred to the earnings of European Commissioners as “exorbitant figures”, the European Commission was quick to dismiss the Five Star Movement politicians’ claims.
Margaritis Schinas, the chief spokesman for the governing body, said: “Decisions on the remuneration of officials, staff and all staff are taken democratically by EU member states.
“During this pre-election period we will read many stories like this.
“We have to stand by the facts and not to mythologies, the remunerations in the institutions are in line with those of the ‘civil servants’ in the member states.”
Mr Tusk has recently been criticised for being an “overpaid egomaniac” after he delivered a brutal message to politicians in the UK who had promoted Britain’s departure from the bloc.
Last Wednesday, the EU chief said: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”
Radio host and outspoken Brexiteer Julia Hartley-Brewer attacked Mr Tusk for insulting those who pay for his “huge salary, huge pension and huge perks”.
She also thanked the “overpaid egomaniac” for reminding Brexiteers “exactly why they voted to Leave”.
Published at Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:51:00 +0000