Subsidies for Parliamentary Groups

Last update 08/29/2017
Legal regime
Section 34 of the Senate Standing Orders stipulates that:
“The Senate will provide Parliamentary Groups with a subsidy established in accordance with their membership numbers, as well as a fixed stipend that is the same for all.”
 
The Senat Bureau, in its meeting on 19th September 2006, agreed to set up, as of 1st January 2007, a consultancy and advisory subsidy for Parliamentary Groups on the basis of a fixed figure for each Parliamentary Group and a variable figure according to the number of Senators that make up each group. This subsidy is not applied to the Mixed Parliamentary Group.

 

Calculation

The following describes how the three types of subsidy paid to the Parliamentary Groups of the Senate are calculated. Their structure and current rates are provided in the Senate Committee Agreement of 2 February 2016:
 
a) The so-called general subsidy is calculated on the basis of two amounts: a fixed amount and a variable amount depending on the number of Senators in the Parliamentary Group. Since 2011, these amounts have remained unchanged and currently stand at 8.786,99 euros per month per Parliamentary Group and 1.704,66 euros per month for each Senator in the group.
 
b) The subsidy for travel expenses comprises a single amount that is the same for every Parliamentary Group. It currently stands at 3.419,87 euros per month, with the exception of the two main groups, which have had two modules since 2001.
 
c) The finalist subsidy for advisory services for the Parliamentary Groups is calculated on the basis of a fixed amount for each Parliamentary Group and a variable amount depending on the number of Senators in each group, as follows: one advisory services module for each Parliamentary Group and another for every forty or for each fraction of more than twenty Senators in the group. The current amount for this module stands at 3.562,50 euros per month.
 
Application
At its meetings of 19 July 2016 and 12 July 2017, the Bureau of the Senate set the following subsidies for the Parliamentary Groups in the 12th Legislature (which may vary in the event of changes to their composition): 
 
General subsidy provided in Section 34 of Standing Orders of the Senate
Parliamentary Group Number of Senators Subsidy €/month Ratio per Senator €/mes
Popular en el Senado 149 262.781,33 1.763,63
Socialista 62 114.475,91 1.846,39
Unidos Podemos-en Comú Podem-en Marea 20 42.880,19 2.144,01
De Esquerra Republicana 12 29.242,91 2.436,91
Vasco en el Senado (EAJ-PNV) 6 19.014,95 3.169,16
Nacionalista en el Senado (CDC-CC) 6 19.014,95 3.169,16
Mixto* 11 27.538,25 2.503,48

* By resolution of the Bureau adopted in its meeting of 2 February 2016, this subsidy will be paid to the Senators in the said Group according to the entity formed by their membership of the same political party.
 
Subsidy for transport expenses 
Parliamentary Group Number of Senators Subsidy €/month Ratio per Senator €/month
Popular en el Senado 149 6.839,74 45,90
Socialista 62 6.839,74 110,32
Unidos Podemos-en Comú Podem-en Marea 20 The group does not receive this subsidy as a result of its relinquishment thereof, accepted by resolution of the Bureau on 2 August 2016 The group does not receive this subsidy as a result of its relinquishment thereof, accepted by resolution of the Bureau on 2 August 2016
De Esquerra Republicana 12 The group does not receive this subsidy as a result of its relinquishment thereof, accepted by resolution of the Bureau on 2 August 2016 The group does not receive this subsidy as a result of its relinquishment thereof, accepted by resolution of the Bureau on 2 August 2016
Vasco en el Senado (EAJ-PNV) 6 3.419,87 569,98
Nacionalista en el Senado (CDC-CC) 6 3.419,87 569,98
Mixto* 11 3.419,87 310,90

* By resolution of the Bureau adopted in its meeting of 2 February 2016, this subsidy will be paid to the Senators in the said Group according to the entity formed by their membership of the same political party.   
 
 
Specific-purpose subsidy for advisory services used by the Parliamentary Groups according to Resolution of the Bureau of 19 September 2006.
Parliamentary Group Number of Senators Subsidy €/month Ratio per Senator €/month
Popular en el Senado 149 17.812,50 119,55
Socialista 62 10.687,50 172,38
Unidos Podemos-en Comú Podem-en Marea 20 3.562,50 178,13
De Esquerra Republicana 12 3.562,50 296,88
Vasco en el Senado (EAJ-PNV) 6 3.562,50 593,75
Nacionalista en el Senado (CDC-CC) 6 3.562,50 593,75
Mixto 11 The group does not receive this subsidy as a result of the fact that it has chosen to have 4 attendees as temporary members of the group instead of 3 The group does not receive this subsidy as a result of the fact that it has chosen to have 4 attendees as temporay members of the group instead of 3