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Kurier - Austria | Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Badly timed Brussels pay rise

After lengthy litigation the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has ruled that the roughly 44,000 EU officials will receive a pay rise of 3.7 percent to be paid retroactively for the period between July 2009 and June 2010. This decision comes at the worst possible time, the daily Kurier complains: "The only positive thing about this ruling: at least the rule of law functions at the European level. The rest leaves a catastrophic impression at best and, viewed objectively, is a slap in the face for EU citizens. They are expected to put up with one austerity package after another, even in the public sector salary cuts are not the exception (as they are in Austria) but the rule and social benefits are being slashed. Not that it would help the increasingly angry citizens if the Brussels leaders went around in sackcloth and ashes - which considering top salaries of over 20,000 euros a month they aren't doing anyway. But we could expect at least a minimal show of tact on the part of the EU decision makers."

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