Re: An Enlightened Brexiteer.
Originally Posted by OldGreyFox
The same arguments as in use in 2014. I'll debunk just a few. Translated from dutch, but you get the drift.
The European administration is top heavy, officials earn a lot
Of the European budget, 94 percent goes to projects (see above) and 6 percent goes to internal administration. Of that 6 percent, expenses, buildings, salaries and pensions are paid. This makes the EU super slim in spite of Indian stories. The European Commission, the day-to-day administration of the EU, has 32,000 permanent employees, including hundreds of interpreters and translators. 120,000 people work at Dutch ministries. Moreover, since 2004, the Commission has had a staff stoppage, replacing only departers. Between now and 2020, 5 percent must go. European civil service salaries are high by Dutch (public) standards, partly due to the low tax rates for EU employees. But by Scandinavian or Italian standards they are not. In order to get the best people from the Member States to come to Brussels, those salaries were deliberately rated high at the time: an EU administration with poorly paid, unmotivated bruises from only poor countries no one seemed a good idea. Since the expansion with ten countries in 2004, newcomers are rated lower than in the past - which means that a Pole earns one-third less than his Dutch colleague, who does the same but came in a few months earlier. European salaries are linked to increases (or reductions) of national officials in 8 Member States. During the crisis, this link was released: European officials surrendered more than national officials. Rightly or not, the consequence is that the Commission has great difficulty recruiting Danes and their neighbors.