Der Thinktank “Open Europe” hat ein recht munteres Reformpaket für die EU-Kommission vergeschlagen, mit dem über 250 Milliarden Euro eingespart werden könnten. Auszüge:
- Cut perks and pay: Pay and conditions for EU officials remain very attractive in comparison to many national administrations and much of the private sector. We should start with modest reductions of 5% across the lowest salary bands, 10% across the middle salary bands and a 15% reduction across the upper salary bands. This would lead to a total saving of £310m (€391m) across all the institutions. 1
- An “EU Reform Tax”: The 16% expatriation allowance for non-Belgian EU officials should be scrapped altogether – if applied to the staff of European Commission alone, over £230m (€290m) could be saved from the EU budget annually. 2
- No more “jobs for life”: It should be easier to fire Commission officials based on performance-based reviews – no more “jobs for life”.
- Scrap unnecessary quangos: Getting rid of the EU quangos and institutions that serve no unique purpose and duplicate the work of others (such as the Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions) could save EU taxpayers almost £288m (€364m) every year. (weiter hier)