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The Commission proposes 9% per annum growth in pre-accession assistance from E1.1bn in 2007 to E1.5bn by 2011 to be shared between Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and, Kosovo. In this period the share for Turkey is projected to rise from 45-51% while that of Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and, Kosovo is… » read more

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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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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

Posted by mlpoltic

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

Posted by mlpoltic