Ministerial salaries to increase 10 pc

16th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 July 2007, THE HAGUE – The cabinet has agreed to the plan from Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst to increase ministerial salaries by 10 percent this government term. The minister announced this last Friday after the cabinet meeting. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende wants the increase to take effect "very soon."

16 July 2007

THE HAGUE – The cabinet has agreed to the plan from Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst to increase ministerial salaries by 10 percent this government term. The minister announced this last Friday after the cabinet meeting. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende wants the increase to take effect "very soon."

The cabinet's decision did not follow the recommendation of a committee led by former VVD leader Hans Dijkstal, which had advised that ministerial salaries be increased by 30 percent. Ter Horst wants to appoint another committee after the summer recess to look into whether an increase of up to 30 percent is advisable and over what time period it would best be introduced if that is the case.

The reason for the decision is that civil servants have had in the past the option of working 40 hours per week instead of 36 and being compensated for the extra hours. Ministers do not have that option, and are therefore at a disadvantage compared to civil servants, the prime minister said.

A spokesperson for the home affairs ministry says that the 10 percent increase will bring the current ministerial salary of EUR 132,000 per year to about EUR 145,000. The upper and lower houses of Parliament still have to approve the proposal.

The new ministerial salary should set the standard maximum for what officials in the public sector may earn, according to the coalition agreement.

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Subject: Dutch news

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