The Government have taken wide-ranging measures to reduce the deficit, including a tough pay policy. European institutions cannot be immune from budget austerity. The Government will therefore continue to vote against the proposal for the 2009 salary increment, which remains in place following the ruling by the European Court of Justice.
The European Union (EU) remuneration package must be brought into line with member states' public sectors. We are pushing actively for reform and will engage fully in a review of the system for salary adjustments, starting next year. We are also taking other steps to reduce the administration budget-for example, through the annual EU budget negotiation-and we have worked with other member states in council to secure a process for European pensions reform, on which we will continue to engage.