Discover here the annual update 2016 of salaries and pensions for the personnel of the European Institutions :
Before explaining in detail the results of this year’s salary and pension contribution update, it is worthwhile to recall that the present method is the result of several long strikes which took place in the 80ties and 90ties, at which time Union Syndicale was at the forefront to defend an automatic salary adjustment, against the opposition of the Council as well as other trade unions which were insisting to have a yearly negotiated adjustment.
Following several years of salary stagnation, during which EU staff lost over 12% (Member States officials lost less than 4%), one of the very few good results Union Syndicale was able to achieve during the 2014 Staff Regulations reform is the creation of an automatic salary and pension contribution adjustment, leaving no possibilities for the Council to change of block the adjustment.
Annual update of salaries and pensions : +3.3% retroactively as from 1 July 2016
This update if based on statistical data elaborated by Eurostat and composed of two elements :
1.Global specific indicator : changes in purchasing power of salaries on national civil servants in central government in 11 Member States. Apart from Luxembourg, the purchasing power increased in the 10 other Member States, notably in Spain (5.9%), The Netherlands (6.6%) and Poland (7.7%). On average the increase was 1.9%.
2.Joint Belgium – Luxembourg index (changes in the cost of living in Belgium and Luxembourg). The inflation in Belgium was 1.8%, in Luxembourg 0.0%. In the calculation Belgium counts for 80%, Luxembourg for 20%, which gives a weighted average of 1.4%.
Put the two elements together and you have a +3.3% increase, which applies both to salaries as well as to pensions.