Wednesday, December 05, 2007

But there are 46 (or maybe 42, sorry)

An odd little story about the process of the Parliament and the Press. On Tuesday the daily Telegraph carried a story about the costs of the President of the Parliament's office. It is accepted general knowledge in the Parliament that Hans-Gert Poettering has presided over a significant increase in patronage.

In particular the article makes the claim that there are now 46 members of staff working for Poettering and that an estimate of the costs of his personal office is £2.5 million per annum.

It is interesting to note that a very disgruntled press officer wrote a complaint.
I am writing to you to clarify some facts reported inaccurately in an article published in your newspaper on 4 December about the staff of the President of the European Parliament. The total number of staff in the private office of the President of the European Parliament currently comprises 38 posts, not 46. This figure is one more than in the office of his predecessor and reflects, in part, the fact that on 1 January 2007 two new member states joined the European Union. There are in fact two drivers, not three. The press team consists of a spokesperson and four press officers - and not the seven press officers cited - as well as two assistants. The team's responsibilities include media relations in all 27 member states, as well as other tasks. ...etc
Lets look at this claim shall we.
According to his own website here


Head of Cabinet
Klaus WELLE
Head of Cabinet
klaus.welle@europarl.europa.eu

Christine KUHNERT
Assistant
christine.kuhnert@europarl.europa.eu

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Deputy Head of Cabinet
Ciril ŠTOKELJ
Deputy Head of Cabinet
ciril.stokelj@europarl.europa.eu

Rosa-Maria LICOP CABO
Assistant
rosa-maria.licop@europarl.europa.eu

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Special Advisor
Gerard BOKANOWSKI
Special Advisor
gerard.bokanowski@europarl.europa.eu

Clara GONIN
Assistant
clara.gonin@europarl.europa.eu

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Strategy and Political Bodies
Anthony TEASDALE
Team Leader
anthony.teasdale@europarl.europa.eu

Astrid WORUM
Speech Writer
astrid.worum@europarl.europa.eu

Thomas SUBELACK
Advisor
thomas.subelack@europarl.europa.eu

Monique BRASSEUR
Assistant
monique.brasseur@europarl.europa.eu

Claire MEYER
Assistant
claire.meyer@europarl.europa.eu

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Internal Policies
Antonio PRETO
Team Leader
antonio.preto@europarl.europa.eu

Karen FREDSGAARD
Advisor
karen.fredsgaard@europarl.europa.eu

Eschel ALPERMANN
Advisor
eschel.alpermann@europarl.europa.eu

Johann Friedrich COLSMAN
Advisor
johannfriedrich.colsman@europarl.europa.eu

Janeta DUFFY
Assistant
janeta.duffy@europarl.europa.eu

Cristina MUDU
Assistant
cristina.mudu@europarl.europa.eu

Bettina STURM
Assistant
bettina.sturm@europarl.europa.eu


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External Policies
Ciril ŠTOKELJ
Team Leader
ciril.stokelj@europarl.europa.eu

Ana FERNÁNDEZ PERLES
Advisor
ana.fernandez@europarl.europa.eu

Alexandre STUTZMANN
Advisor
alexandre.stutzmann@europarl.europa.eu

Rosa-Maria LICOP CABO
Assistant
rosa-maria.licop@europarl.europa.eu

Malin LUNDBERG
Assistant
malin.lundberg@europarl.europa.eu

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Press
Katrin RUHRMANN
Spokesperson
katrin.ruhrmann@europarl.europa.eu

Robert GOLAŃSKI
Advisor
robert.golanski@europarl.europa.eu

Jesús GÓMEZ
Advisor
jesus.gomez@europarl.europa.eu

Fearghas O’BEARA
Advisor
fearghas.obeara@europarl.europa.eu

Daniela BÜHRIG
Assistant
daniela.buehrig@europarl.europa.eu

Sławomir ROGOWSKI
Assistant
slawomir.rogowski@europarl.europa.eu

Jörg-Dietrich NACKMAYR
Advisor
joerg.nackmayr@europarl.europa.eu


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Internal Organisation
Sjef COOLEGEM
Team Leader
sjef.coolegem@europarl.europa.eu

Clara GONIN
Assistant
clara.gonin@europarl.europa.eu

Walter DOLL
Usher
walter.doll@europarl.europa.eu

David SINNOTT
Usher
david.sinnott@europarl.europa.eu

Agnieszka STALEWSKA
Usher
agnieszka.stalewska@europarl.europa.eu

Peter JAGER
Driver
peter.jager@europarl.europa.eu

Nicolas CAPPAI
Usher
nicolas.cappai@europarl.europa.eu

Enzo ENGLARO
Usher
enzo.englaro@europarl.europa.eu

Marinus van GREUNINGEN
Driver
marinus.vangreuningen@europarl.europa.eu

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Private Office of the President
Marie-Jeanne SMEETS
Assistant to the President
marie-jeanne.smeets@europarl.europa.eu

Johann Friedrich COLSMAN
Advisor
johannfriedrich.colsman@europarl.europa.eu

Lilian PHILLIPS
Protocol Assistant
lilian.phillips@europarl.europa.eu

Laura PROIETTI
Assistant
laura.proietti@europarl.europa.eu

Bettina STURM
Assistant
bettina.sturm@europarl.europa.eu

Anna HASEMANN
Parliamentary Assistant of the President
anna.hasemann@europarl.europa.eu

Nina SJÖBERG
Assistant
nina.sjoeberg@europarl.europa.eu


Go on then, count them, I make it 46. OK so it is two drivers not three, but there are seven in the press team. I wonder which eight he isn't counting?

Interesting as well that there is no challenge to the costs. Methinks that is because the estimate is low, very low.

7 comments:

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

More and better jobs!

Anonymous said...

Some of the names are repeated though

Elaib Harvey said...

Anon, I apologise, you ae of course right. Three of the names are double counted. But by my maths that still makes a few more than the 38 claimed

Anonymous said...

Written comprehension problems again I see.

Anonymous said...

Some of the people in the cabinet are formally employed in the EPP-ED Group secretariat, seconded to the cabinet. Can this be it?

Elaib Harvey said...

Anon,
I am now told that one or two are unpaid interns (a practice that I thouroughly disapprove of,), and maybe you have a point, but still, despite my failure to note the double counting that doesn't add up. They are part of his team, whether they are on secondment or not. The taxpayer is still paying for them, and they are working for him.

Anonymous said...

And there are also his parliamentary assistants paid from the MEP assistant money treasure...

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