November 25, 2010
Regarding ‘EU officials win pay rise battle with member states‘:
I would like to make the following additional points:
- The Court’s decision was fast because the breach of EU law by the Council was obvious and flagrant – as the legal services of both the Council and the Commission had warned beforehand.
- The progressive income tax on EU officials (which is directly taken from monthly pay and paid into the EU budget) is on average higher than that of national officials (45% above 6,000 euros).
- The level of EU salaries and benefits is broadly in line with that of officials in other international organisations and national diplomats (including those stationed in Brussels).
- Contrary to national officials, EU officials have no fiscal deductions of any sort.
- The additional extra ‘provisional levy’ linked to exceptional economic circumstances was applied at the time of the oil crisis and kept for some 20 years.
UEF FRANCEAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor