One of those million dollar questions. How much does the Prime Minister earn in Spain? In a country where several mayors or even high-ranking officials charge more, the leader of the Executive takes 86,542.08 euros gross.
That, until the end of 2022, because after the recent increase approved in Parliament, the annual emoluments will rise to 90,010.20 gross euros. If the division of the 12 monthly payments is applied to him (he is not entitled to extra payments), a monthly payment of 7,500 euros comes out.
Not so bad, but is it comparable to the rest of the European leaders? The data leaves the figure of the president of the Spanish Government as the second that earns the least in relation to the average salary of his own country, according to the portal Business Insider. Only the Maltese has a worse ratio.
Those who more and those who less
The one who takes the most, comparatively, is Viktor Orbán. The all-powerful Hungarian ruler receives 140,029 gross euros per year (11,670 per month), not so much at the European level, but his payroll is huge in relation to the national economy. He earns no less than 14.5 times the average Hungarian salary.
If we talk about absolute numbers, the best paid head of government is the German. According to Forbes with a calculation updated to this October, Olaf Scholz earns 30,190 euros per month, something like four times that of his Spanish colleague. Behind them appear two community figures with a similar payroll. Both the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, receive €29,163.
In fourth place is the Austrian Prime Minister, Karl Nehammer, who earns 316,652 euros gross per year and, after him, the Belgian. Alexander de Croo has an annual salary of 250,488 euros gross (20,874 per month).
In the list of the 27 heads of government of the EU and the two great leaders of Brussels, you have to go down several places to find the neighbors of Spain. Emmanuel Macron comes out in the 11th position of the individual ranking. From the Elysee, the Frenchman charges 182,400 euros a year, about 15,200 a month (double that of Sánchez). Little less takes another habitual of the European summits, the Dutch Mark Rutte (14,243 euros each month).
Further down, in sixteenth place, Giorgia Meloni appears as one of the figures (although she uses the masculine treatment) with the lowest remuneration among the great powers of Europe. 114,000 euros gross per year, about 9,500 each month.
Sánchez appears in position 19 of the 29 in the classification. His colleague and ‘Iberian partner’ Antonio Costa is seen further back. The Portuguese leader receives an annual gross of 66,024 euros, about 5,502 per month.
But who closes the list? In the penultimate position is the name of the controversial Polish president, Mateusz Morawiecki, another of the usual main actors in community dissent, with €57,175 per year (about 4,748 per month). But the last one is the Prime Minister of Croatia. Andrej Plenkovic. His salary is about 4,600 euros gross per month, up to 55,277 per year.
Source: HuffPost Spain for Athena2 by www.huffingtonpost.es.
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