I see those poor MEPs are cutting back and making ends meet, sacrificing personal gain for themselves in the finacial crisis: unaffected by last month's cries of "scandalous" they proceeded to approve for themselves an extra 1,500 euros a month in allowances to cover staff costs.* Oh "just" staff costs, no worries, they need that: they only got EUR200,000 for this before...plus about EUR50,000 for office costs (non staff). Oh, and plus the +/- EUR300 a day they get just for turning up**...all on top of their EUR92,000 salary (not forgetting the mega pension and cosy inflated travel expenses). Oh, and I nearly forgot: they all pay a special low tax rate, and get most of their insurances paid...and finally (but certainly not last or least!) and highlighted last year: we have the "real expenses scandal" that "MEPs can claim hundreds of thousands of pounds each year in expenses – without showing a single receipt".
* the salary was standardised last year to stop the whole range of different - in each country - salaries, so I wouldn't mind betting this new allowance is the sweetener to those MEPs that would have lost out in the new salary scale.
** MEPs "can sign in 10 pm in the evening and 7 am in the morning and receive 2 days' daily allowance without having taken part in any meeting or other relevant parliamentary activity." (from link below)
Good list of all their goodies HERE.