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The reintroduction of the EU’s special levy tax is good news

In all the discussion of the EU budget for 2014 – 2020 there is one small item that has been overlooked – the welcome reintroduction of the special tax levy on EU officials’ pay. In 2012 this was set at a rate of 5.5% on post taxed income but this lapsed in 2013. It will now reappear in 2014 as a part of measures that are hoped will keep the costs of the EU’s bureaucracy under control.

The European Council Conclusions here say that “the new solidarity levy will be reintroduced at a level of 6% as part of the reform of the salary method. These measures will have a significant impact on the cost for pensions in the mid- and long-term.”

This is welcome news, although, even with the reintroduction of the tax, EU civil servants will still pay far less tax than the EU citizens they serve. Let us hope that MEPs do not seek to show their own type of solidarity by attempting to remove it. Over to you Mr Schulz.

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