As the crisis deepens, it has emerged the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has not cut her exorbitant salary yet – despite many European parliamentarians already already giving a percentage of their pay to charities working on the Covid-19 frontline.
Ms von der Leyen’s salary increased by just under €560 to €28,461 a month on her first working day in the top job in Brussels last December.
When this is matched with her tax-free allowances, she is likely to be making around €33,400 (£29,340) a month.
The 61-year-old officially took over from Jean-Claude Juncker on December 1.
Italian MEP Antonio Maria Rinaldi told Express.co.uk: “Italian parliamentarians and many MEPs cut their salaries in order to give a percentage to charities working on the pandemic frontline.
“I would really like the European bureaucracy to do the same.
“However, even Ursula von der Leyen has not done anything about it, despite receiving an exorbitant salary.
Mr Rinaldi added: “Even if she decided to cut her salary 20percent, she would still have more than enough money to buy her groceries.
“She earns around €33,000!
“Sadly, right now, many European citizens cannot say the same thing.
“It is a slap in the face of poverty.”
The EU has been heavily criticised for being slow and ineffective with its coronavirus response.