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Bulgarian Cabinet approves salary hike for senior Government appointees

Bulgarian Cabinet approves salary hike for senior Government appointees
Bulgaria's Government said on October 18 that it has approved amendments to a 2010 ordinance on civil servants' wages, which will raise the salaries of senior political appointees in ministry jobs. The amended regulations will impact deputy ministers, and the chiefs of staff of the prime minister, deputy prime ministers and ministers.

Under the amended ordinance, the base salaries of these officials would be linked to the salaries of Cabinet ministers. Thus, the prime minister's chief of staff will receive a monthly base salary equal to 90 per cent of a minister's base salary, the deputy ministers and chiefs of staff to deputy prime ministers will receive base salaries equal to 85 per cent of a minister's base salary, while chiefs of staff to ministers will have a base salary equal to 80 per cent of a minister's base salary.

The cabinet's media office did not give an estimate of how the new formula compared to the current salaries of officials in these positions.

However, Bulgarian news website Mediapool reported that its calculations showed the salary hikes would vary between 600 leva (about 300 euro) and 1500 leva a month. The prime minister's chief of staff base salary would be 3628 leva a month, while deputy ministers and chiefs of staff to deputy prime ministers would receive 3427 leva and chiefs of staff to ministers will get 3225 leva, the report said.

Those figures appeared to be based on current ministerial salaries, which in turn are linked to MPs' salaries – as are the base salaries of other senior government officials in the country, including the president and prime minister. The base salaries of MPs, meanwhile, are updated every year (by Parliament), based on statistical data of the average gross salary in the government sector.../IBNA

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