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Parliamentary questions
5 March 2018
E-001357-18
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Joëlle Mélin (ENF)

 Subject:  Future of British EU officials and other staff
 Answer(s) 

British EU officials and other staff account for approximately 1 700 of the 55 000 people working in the European institutions. When the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, these British officials and other staff will no longer comply with Article 28 of the Staff Regulations, meaning that they will either automatically be forced to resign or be allowed to remain in post through the adoption of a derogation or because they have changed nationality. Either way, this raises questions about European civil service pensions.

If pensions are awarded to individuals on the basis not of their nationality but of their status as former EU officials, how will the funding of pensions from the EU budget be sustained in the long term and how will those pensions be taxed, given that Member States are obliged to guarantee their payment collectively in accordance with a fixed distribution key?

If the United Kingdom decides to withdraw from this collective guarantee mechanism, what options does the Commission have to make up the UK’s missing share?

Original language of question: FR 
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