The European Commission has reformed its staff regulations, replacing a
system that primarily linked pay increases to service time with more per-
formance related salary rises.
The old set up allowed some people automatic pay increases of 38 per cent
over 16 years, without any performance-related promotion.
However, the new system slashes this ‘experience’ quotient to less than 20
per cent, with career advances now being ‘determined by sustained achievement’.
A commission note said: "Officials whose abilities and performance
justify faster-than-average advancement will be promoted more quickly than
under the current system, and they will be rewarded accordingly."