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Commission forced to defend staff pay rise

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Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commission’s vice-president for the budget, has said that a 2.4 per cent pay rise awarded to EU staff this year is justified.

The rise, which will take effect in 2016 and is being backdated for the second half of 2015, is warranted in part because the Commission’s automatic wage-increase mechanism had been frozen since 2010, Georgieva told The Times on 23 December. “The pay rise is under an automatic formula that leaves no room for interpretation by the Commission. I think it is justified,” she said.

The Commission is under fire from the UK newspaper for the plans, which it reports will cost an additional €100 million. The total administrative budget, which includes salaries, is €8.7 billion for 2015. The Times ran the story on its front page under the headline “Christmas comes early for Brussels bureaucrats”.

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