European External Action Service

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his European Council colleagues reducing the 17 weeks per year holiday entitlement of EU staff working for the European External Action Service.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

Holiday entitlement for staff working for the European External Action Service (EEAS) and other EU Institutions is set by the EU Staff Regulations at a basic annual minimum of 24 working days. This can rise to 30 days depending on the length of service.

Special leave may also be granted in certain circumstances such as bereavement, or for marriage, but overall this would not amount to an entitlement of 17 weeks.

As part of the Government's commitment to EU administrative reform, the UK argued for a review of leave provisions for EU staff during the recent negotiations on amended staff regulations. While we were not successful in this endeavour, the UK will continue to champion EU administrative reform at every possible opportunity including in the context of annual budgetary negotiations and the ongoing review of the EEAS.

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