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C 203 E/156 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 18.7.


central bank) must of course, be financially accountable. However, a right to control ex ante the budget
may, depending on the context, create a situation where an NCB is unable to fulfil its European System of
Central Banks (ESCB)-related tasks independently’.

(2000/C 203 E/201) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2242/99

by Christopher Huhne (ELDR) to the Commission

(1 December 1999)

Subject: Wage bill and employees of the EU institutions

Please state the number of employees of the European Commission, European Parliament and European
Council at the end of each year for the last five years, together with the total wage bill for each institution,
and the average paid per employee.

Answer given by Mr Kinnock on behalf of the Commission

(10 December 1999)

For the Commission, the figures are as follows:

1994 1995 1996 1997 1998

Number of employees 14 082 14 922 15 573 16 061 16 405

Total pay bill 974 429 ( )
1 985 602 ( ) 1 1 146 805 ( )
1 1 187 481 ( )
1 1 227 625 (1)
Average cost 69 197 (2) 66 050 (2) 73 641 (2) 73 936 (2) 74 832 (2)
(1) in euro millions
(2) in euro

These figures represent the number of staff, including staff posted outside the Community, covered by the
establishment plan and paid on 31 December of each of the past five years. The total pay bill relates to
those posts paid from the general budget (part A), and therefore does not include research, or agency staff.

The Commission does not have the information sought in respect of the other institutions.

(2000/C 203 E/202) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2253/99

by Cristiana Muscardini (NI) to the Commission

(1 December 1999)

Subject: Italy and the European area of justice

The Presidency conclusions of the European Council in Tampere state that ‘in a genuine European area of
justice individuals and businesses should not be prevented or discouraged from exercising their rights by
the incompatibility or complexity of legal and administrative systems in the Member States’. In order to
achieve this objective an information campaign is proposed, together with the publication of appropriate
‘user guides’ on judicial cooperation within the Union and on the legal systems of the Member States. Will
the information provided include details of the serious cases of injustice which have occurred in Italy? The
sense of insecurity spreading through the country, together with the growing feeling that offenders are
going unpunished, is borne out by statements made by judges that ‘the code of criminal procedure is
inadequate’ and that ‘the Italian legal system is bankrupt and on the verge of paralysis’. These words of
warning are backed up the alarming fact that in 1998 alone the statute of limitations was exceeded in
130 000 cases, a trend that seems to be on the increase.