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Top 200 EU officials cost more than PS50m, claims Ukip research.

UKIP has accused the European Union of protecting the pay and perks of its top officials while forcing member states to impose painful spending cuts.

An analysis by the party claimed that the top 200 officials "potentially" cost EU taxpayers more than PS50m in 2014-15.

All 200 figures on its EU "rich list" were paid more than UK Prime Minister David Cameron who receives an annual salary of PS142,500, the party said.

The European Commission hit back, however, pointing out that prior to 2015, officials had had a four-year pay freeze.

As well as basic salaries, the Ukip figures include estimated pension costs and side benefits such as the "light touch" tax arrangements which, the party says, means EU officials pay significantly less than their counterparts working for national governments.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is among the top 10 earners, with benefits which the party calculates were worth PS101,044 in 2014-15 on top of a basic salary of PS241,460.

However, many others of the biggest earners were said to be judges working for the European Court of Justice.

Ukip MP Douglas Carswell said the pay of top EU officials was "a travesty of democracy and accountability".

"It is time that the UK pulled out of this get-rich scheme for the European establishment."

A spokesman for the commission said: "There was a pay freeze for four years to 2015.

"So EU officials had in 2015 their first pay rise in five years."

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 27, 2015
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