Overview of travel expenses and allowances for EESC members, delegates, their respective alternates, and experts
EESC members, delegates, their respective alternates, and experts (collectively known as beneficiaries) do not receive any remuneration from the Committee. Nevertheless, when beneficiaries participate in official EESC events or meetings, they are entitled to the reimbursement of travel expenses and related allowances.
Basic rules for the reimbursement of travel expenses and related allowances are set out in Council Decision No 2013/471/EU of 23 September 2013. This legal framework is further supplemented by implementing rules adopted by the EESC Bureau on 26 April 2016 (as further amended in December 2018 and June 2019).
Travel expenses and allowances
Travel costs for physical attendance at EESC events or meetings are reimbursed on the basis of expenses actually incurred and are paid up to a certain ceiling, on the basis of supporting evidence that clearly sets out the price paid, the route taken, and the date and time of travel.
When travelling, beneficiaries are also entitled to distance and duration allowances that are intended to cover all travel-related expenses, with the exception of visa costs, vaccination costs and any registration fees.
A subsistence allowance of EUR 290 is granted for each day's physical attendance at official EESC events or meetings.
Special arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic
As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic where travel restrictions and disruption makes it difficult for beneficiaries to attend meetings physically, the Council adopted a decision on 28 June 2021, that sets the allowance for remote attendance to EESC meetings at EUR 145. The Council decision entered into effect on 1 July 2021.
Members and delegates may also be entitled to an allowance for the co-financing of IT, telecommunications and electronic office equipment costs. Entitlement to this allowance is based upon attendance at a minimum number of official EESC meetings.
This allowance is payable to qualifying members in two instalments per year of EUR 1 500 each. Qualifying delegates are entitled to one annual instalment of EUR 1 000.