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One striking observation is the distribution of budget commitments by DG relatve to staff. For even though External Relations (taken here to include External Relations, Trade, Development, Enlargement, and, Humanitarian Aid) has 18% of Commission staff it garners just 5% of the Euro 124bn budget. While in contrast the 3% of staff in Agriculture control… » read more

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The current term of the European Commission expires 31 October 2009 when a fresh President and commissioners will be appointed. There are 40 Directorates-General (DG) in the Commission and can be found at the following link. http://ec.europa.eu/dgs_en.htm Here DGs for Development, Enlargement, Europe Aid, External Relations, Humanitarian Aid, and, Trade are grouped under External Relations.… » read more

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True to its Treaties the Union’s budget continues to be in surplus. In the year to September 30, 2007 the Union has received E88bn in revenue compared to payments made of E81bn and giving rise to a surplus of E7bn. That surplus compares to E4bn in each of the fiscal years of 2006 and 2005.… » read more

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Just as noted in The Open Europe blog reconciling head count by different parts of the European Union is not easy. As at 23 August 2007 from the European Union’s official website Europa the draft 2008 general budget (Annex Part C) projects a 2.3% rise in staff head count from 42,545 in 2007 to 43,564.… » read more

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The Open Europe blog estimated in January 2007 that around 54,000 staff worked in EU entities. The breakdown of these were: 42,548 Temporary and permanent EU officials 8,123 external European Commission staff 2,254 extra European Parliament staff 1,075 other staff that Open Europe estimated http://openeuropeblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/how-many-people-work-for-eu.html

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There is no shortage of information produced by the various European Union entities. The difficulty is zeroing in on exactly what is required and where to find it. And while there has been a step change in making the various parts of Europe more accessible greater clarity is required. It helps to be clear what… » read more

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