Friday, 23 December 2011

EU Commission and Council of Europe confronted by wages increase

BRUSSELS It happened before, in 2009: the European Commission and the Council of Europe are on opposite sides of the fence about a salary increase for Commission civil servants. In fact, last Monday the Council lodged a complaint at the European Court, although there is no set date for the process to begin. In its defense, the Commission, which approved a salary increase of 1.7% for 2012 and is debating whether to do the same, says it is only respecting treaties by using norms and regulations regarding such items as cost of living increases in Brussels, which in essence affects civil servants from 'only' eight countries. Nevertheless, the general opinion is that an increase at present is 'untimely'. (Note: are you confused by Commission and Council? - we're glad we're not the only ones...)

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