EU’s Staff Get 2.4% Pay Rise
About 55,000 EU civil servants will receive a pay rise of 2.4% this year that will translate into spending of some EUR 100 M from the bloc’s budget, the state-run Bulgarian news agency BTA reported on Tuesday.
The pay hike comes after a two-year freeze demanded by national governments that led to strikes among the EU employees in 2012 and 2013. A deal reached in 2014 between the EU and its staff resulted in the introduction of a new pay system.
The aim was to put an end of the open political bargaining by introducing a formula to be applied automatically. The formula includes the cost of living in Belgium and Luxembourg, where most EU employees reside, and a basket of salaries paid to civil servants in 11 EU member states.
The 2.4% pay rise will apply retroactively from July 2015 and will be valid for all of 2016.
The salaries of EU’s civil servants have increased by 0.5% a year on average since 2010, or below inflation rate, according to EU Commission deputy chief spokesman Alexander Winterstein. At the same time, national civil servants have received an average pay rise of about 6% over the 2010-2015 period.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU President Donald Tusk will receive a pay rise of almost EUR 700, bringing their monthly salaries to an overall EUR 31,272, DPA reported on Tuesday citing an article in German daily newspaper Bild.
According to Bild, the seven vice presidents of the EU’s executive body are receiving a monthly pay of EUR 27,953, which is an increase of EUR 633.
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