Both the Congress and the Senate have autonomy to approve their annual accounts, which are later included in the draft General State Budgets (PGE) and therefore, will only enter into force if the Government manages to approve those who want to submit for the next year and that, if successful, will come into force at the end of the year.
THE GREATEST INCREASE SINCE THE CRISIS
The Budget of the Congress will experience next year its biggest rise since the outbreak of the economic crisis, an increase of around 4% and which is mainly explained by the increase in personnel expenses, which concentrate the bulk of the figures.
The Government has already committed to the unions to include in the draft General Budgets for 2019 a wage increase of 2.25% for public officials and employees. As usual, the Congress Budget already includes this increase, which in principle would also apply to the deputies, if the PGEs are finally approved.
The current budget, which was approved in September 2017 but did not come into force until last July together with the latest Budgets of Mariano Rajoy, amounts to 86,893,110 euros, 1.71% higher than in 2017. In This year, the salaries of deputies and staff have increased by 1.5%.
SENATE, OMBUDSMAN AND JEC
The one of 2018 was the biggest increase in the Budget of the Lower House in recent years. In 2017 there was no increase, in 2016 only grew 1.51% and in 2015 a shy 0.33%. In the five previous years (2014-2010) there had been an accumulated reduction of 18.24%.
Once the lower house approves its accounts, it is expected that the next day the Tables of Congress and the Senate meet to approve the Budget of the Cortes Generales and the bodies that depend on them, the Central Electoral Board (JEC) and the Ombudsman.