European Commission - Press release
Commission responds to economic climate: more value for money from the European Civil Service
Brussels, 29 June 2011 - The Commission has today backed a series of proposed changes to staff rules in a continuing drive for greater efficiency and economy.
The current economic climate calls for ambitious measures not only from public administrations in Member States, but also from European institutions and agencies. So the Commission has authorised Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič to start consulting staff representatives on draft proposals which would lead to savings of more than €1 billion by 2020. The Commission will present a formal proposal to the Council and European Parliament later this year.
The draft proposals include:
The measures, which will need to be implemented by all institutions, would not only allow the EU to freeze the administrative expenditure for the functioning of the institutions until 2020, but also to reduce the administrative cost of agencies and other bodies of the EU which are financed from other parts of the budget.
The drive for greater efficiency began long before the current crisis. The draft proposals build on a major overhaul of staff rules in 2004 that has already delivered savings of €3 billion, and will save another €5 billion between now and 2020. This was the first comprehensive reform of the European civil service since 1968, transforming it into one of the most modern of its time. Changes included the introduction of a performance-oriented and merit-based new career structure, a new contractual status for personnel fulfilling non-core tasks, a reform of the pension system, new working methods and family-friendly working conditions.
In recent years, the Commission has followed a policy of zero growth in posts, met new political priorities through internal redeployment of staff, and put in place tools and procedures to improve its internal organisation and efficiency. In April, it proposed to freeze administrative expenditure for the year 2012.
Given the significant reduction of benefits in 2004, including the lowering of entry salaries, the draft proposals have to strike a careful balance between maximising value for money and safeguarding the ability of the institutions to deliver their policies. This includes the need to attract and retain multilingual staff of the highest calibre in various fields of expertise from all 27 Member States, who are ready to live outside their home country with their families.
Administrative expenditure represents around 6% of the EU's budget, which itself represents roughly 1% of EU GDP.
Please see: MEMO/11/473