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EU Staff Salaries

Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013

EU staff salaries have been the subject of some criticism in recent months. This Note pulls together the various strands in the EU staff salaries debate.

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There have been several recent EU events concerning the cost of the EU administration in general and EU staff salaries in particular:

- the EU budget allocation for staff salaries, pensions and allowances in the negotiations over the EU budget 2013 and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-20;

- the annual adjustment of the remuneration and pensions of EU staff as required by the EU Staff Regulations;

- the European Commission’s proposals for cutting administrative costs and amending the ‘method’ for calculating staff salaries;

- the Council’s application to invoke the ‘exception clause’, whereby the Commission can depart from the ‘method’ when there is a “serious or sudden deterioration in the economic and social situation” in the EU;

- four cases n progress at the EU Court of Justice regarding the use of the method in 2011 and 2012.

Commons Briefing papers SN06539

Author: Vaughne Miller

Topics: EU budget, EU institutions, European Commission, European Parliament

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