Deputies salaries four times higher than average

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Most of the deputies in the Montenegrin Parliament receives a salary of four average earnings in the country thanks to amendments to the Law on Salaries in the public sector. Montenegrin parliamentarians are leading when it comes to earnings of their colleagues in the region.

Parliamentary salaries in Montenegro rose significantly after the amendments to the Law on Salaries in the public sector. Under the law which was proposed by the Government and was voted for in the Parliament by the deputies of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the minority parties, the Liberal Party and the Positive Montenegro, salaries of the half of the MPs are 2,000 euros or close to that amount.

So, the MPs are receiving four times more money than “ordinary” citizens for a month, since according to the National Statistical Office of Montenegro (MONSTAT), the average salary in the country is 499 euros.

When it comes to earnings for April, the highest salary was received by the ex-president of the Parliament Ranko Krivokapic – 2,222 euros, then Vice President Branko Radulovic – 2,148 euros, while Radivoje Nikcevic, Neven Gosovic and Jelisava Kalezic received 2070 euros each.

MPs were not really interested to comment on salary increases. From the non-governmental sector, however, say that the increase in salaries is not the best solution at the moment, when the economic situation in the country is not very good.

Source: Radio Television Montenegro