According to a study, members of the Bundestag have achieved an estimated 53 million euros in additional income in the current legislative period. As the "Southgerman newspaper" citing an investigation by the Otto Brenner Foundation IG Metall reported, more than a third (261) of MPs reported additional earnings. Most of them came from the parliamentary groups of Union (41,8 percent) and FDP (20,3 percent).
The Studie describes ancillary income as "the problem of a privileged minority of MPs". For this purpose, the foundation evaluated the publicly available information on the additional earnings of members of the Bundestag on the Bundestag website.
Secondary activities in addition to the Bundestag mandate are generally permitted. The income from this must, however, be reported to the Bundestag Presidium above a certain amount and is published on the Bundestag's website under "Information subject to publication" - but so far only in rough steps of 1000 euros and up.
According to the evaluation, 62 percent of the FDP MPs had a sideline activity in the current legislative period; in the Union it was 43 percent, followed by AfD (32 percent), left (26 percent), SPD (22 percent) and the Greens (21 percent). According to the report, the foundation has been investigating the additional income of MPs since 2009. At the first balance sheet at the end of the legislative period from 2009 to 2013 this would have been an estimated 30 million euros.
After the so-called mask affair in Bundestag the parliament decided to stricter rules for members of parliament in June. The penalties for bribery have been tightened, the acceptance of funds has been prohibited and the obligations to disclose additional income have also been expanded. In future, these will have to be reported to the President of the Bundestag from EUR 3000 per year. So far, the annual limit was 10.000 euros. In addition, the additional income is no longer published in rough steps, but to the cent.
The study criticizes the fact that even with the new procedure a precise control of the information is not guaranteed and suggests that a separate commission of MPs and external experts be appointed to examine it.
The 709 members of the Bundestag are currently receiving a diet of 10.012,89 euros per month. The diets have to be taxed. There is also a monthly tax-free lump sum for maintaining the constituency office at home and the second home in Berlin in the amount of 4560,59 euros per month.