MEPs who are traveling in parliamentary work will have to provide proof of the trip to receive a transport allowance. The measure consists of a bill endorsed by the PSD, PS, BE, CDS-PP, PCP and ENP and which provides for tighter control in the system of subsidies to support the political activity of deputies.
The new rules, which should enter into force in the next parliamentary term if the different parliamentary seats are maintained, stipulate that "the allocation of transport subsidies and allowances for actual work in the Assembly of the Republic requires, in order to be paid , guarantee of the effectiveness of these trips, by means of proof of accomplishment ". The document does not, however, clarify how what kind of evidence should be presented in these situations.
The idea of granting more transparency and "fiscal truth" to the allocation of subsidies in support of political activity also extends to home-to-work travel. For the purposes of calculating allowances, the bill determines that the actual residence of the deputies is that which "corresponds to the place of their habitual residence in accordance with the register of address registered in the information on the integrated circuit of the citizen's card", the choice of Members.
The amount to be attributed to each Member will depend on the municipality in which he / she has an effective residence. "Deputies residing outside the municipalities of Lisbon, Oeiras, Cascais, Loures, Sintra, Vila Franca de Xira, Almada, Seixal, Barreiro, Amadora and Odivelas are entitled to the aid of fixed cost for the members of the Government, paid for each day attendance at a plenary meeting, committees or other meetings convened by the President of the Assembly of the Republic and two more days a week, "the document said.
The daily allowance for the members of the Government in national territory is 69.19 euros. If they have an effective address abroad, the value rises to 100.24 euros. Already the deputies who reside in the counties of Lisbon, Oeiras, Cascais, Loures, Sintra, Vila Franca de Xira, Almada, Seixal, Barreiro, Amadora and Odivelas "are entitled to one third of the fixed cost aid."
The bill further states that "no Member may receive other rights or benefits of a patrimonial nature other than those provided for in this law and in the respective statute".
The legislative initiative is based on the conclusions of the working group set up to review the general principles for allocating transport, accommodation and subsistence expenses to Members, after it was revealed that a number of MEPs living in the autonomous regions received a doubling of of the Assembly of the Republic.