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Brussels' Mayor Yvan Mayeur attends a ceremony for the victims of the May 24, 2014 attack at the entrance of the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium May 24, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Vidal


By Robert-Jan Bartunek

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The mayor of Brussels tendered his resignation on Thursday after a parliamentary report said he had been paid for attending meetings of an agency for the city's homeless without providing proof such meetings ever took place.

The report led to calls from across the political spectrum, even from those within Yvan Mayeur's Socialist Party, for him to step down.

"The mayor will offer his resignation this evening," a spokeswoman for Mayeur said.

A report by the Brussels regional parliament found that Mayeur had received up to 18,900 euros ($21,206) per year to attend for board meetings of the Samu Social agency on top of the salary he received as mayor.

The agency's board could not provide any proof to the Brussels government of such meetings effectively taking place, saying they sometimes were conducted on the phone, the report seen by Reuters stated.

Samu Social provides support as well as emergency housing in the winter months to the homeless population of Brussels.

The mayor of Brussels, the largest of 19 districts in the capital region, told French-language daily Le Soir in an interview published on Thursday that the payments were not out of line.

"I'm a social worker, it is not charity. It is a real job," he said.

($1 = 0.8913 euros)

(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Philip Blenkinsop and Tom Heneghan)


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