Italian Senate Speaker's office to cut costs 32%

Parliament leadership reacts to anti-political sentiment

Italian Senate Speaker's office to cut costs 32%

Roma, April 10 - Senator Antonio De Poli on Wednesday announced plans for a 32% cut in the costs of the Senate Speaker's office. "It's a bit more than that of the Lower House of parliament, that's true, but this is not a race", De Poli said. House Speaker Laura Boldrini and her Senate counterpart Pietro Grasso announced in March that they would take 30% voluntary pay cuts and give up their government apartments in response to recession-weary Italians who are largely disgruntled by what they see as an overpaid political elite. According to figures last year, MPs make an estimated 16,000 euros per month, and Senators earn even more, the highest in the EU. The anti-political sentiment was seen as a key to the stunning success of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) of comedian Beppe Grillo, which holds the balance in a divided Senate and refuses to compromise with other parties in order to form a government.

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