In an answer to a parliamentary question submitted by London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, the European Parliament revealed today that it costs over £12,000 to recruit just a single official to one of the EU institutions.

Marina wrote to the European Commission for more information on the budget of the European Union’s recruitment agency EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office). EPSO is responsible for selecting staff to work for the Institutions of the European Union including the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Maros Sefcovic, the Slovak European Commissioner for Administration, replied to Marina’s question revealing that EPSO’s budget is a whopping £19 million per year (€23 million). This is astonishing enough, but the Commissioner also admitted that in 2011, the agency had only been able to appoint 1,586 officials. This means that the EU is spending £12,135 (€14,500) for every eurocrat recruited.

Marina Yannakoudakis MEP said “The bloated EU budget needs to be dramatically cut down to size. Spending millions on recruiting staff to the EU institutions is luxury which we can ill-afford.”

“Already around 1,000 EU officials earn more than the British Prime Minister. At a time when civil services around Europe are slashing the salaries they pay to their workers, EU mandarins can still expect above inflation pay rises and generous pensions. To discover that each one of them cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds before they even do a lick of work is an insult to EU citizens.”

“The EU needs to take a long hard look at its massive budget. The Commission can start by simplifying the staffing procedure and slimming down EPSO. I for one would have no objection to an immediate recruitment freeze which would free up £19 million of the EU budget.”

Link to the parliamentary question and answer on the European Parliament’s website: http://bit.ly/HiUETz

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