10 pc raise for ministers

11th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 July 2007, THE HAGUE – Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst wants ministers and state secretaries to be given a 10 percent raise. That is less than the 30 percent salary increase the previous cabinet had decided on. The proposal will be discussed in the cabinet meeting on Friday, the Volkskrant reports.

11 July 2007

THE HAGUE – Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst wants ministers and state secretaries to be given a 10 percent raise. That is less than the 30 percent salary increase the previous cabinet had decided on. The proposal will be discussed in the cabinet meeting on Friday, the Volkskrant reports.

The Socialist SP has rejected the plan immediately. "Just ridiculous," says MP Harry van Bommel. "Politicians should be setting a good example by freezing their wages."

The basic ministerial salary comes to about EUR 130,000 gross annually. This comes to EUR 172,000 when bonuses and pension contributions are added in. The salary increase will only be applied to the basic salary. A state secretary earns a bit less.

A committee led by Liberal VVD MP Dijkstal advised in 2004 that the salary of government members be increased by 30 percent. Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos said at the time that he regarded a 10 percent raise as sufficient. Party colleague Ter Horst agrees with this figure.

A new committee will be appointed to advise on any further salary increases for ministers and state secretaries. Insiders say there is little chance this will happen during the current government term. Parliament still has to approve the proposals.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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