The European Commission has said that it would take member states to court for blocking a standard pay rise due to EU civil servants. This is because the Member States have decided to decrease the planned salary indexation from 3.7% to 1.85%. The salary indexation is an automated mechanism that does not provide for adjustments.
Some member states have referred to “political sensitivity”. While I agree that many (especially in the UK) may start pointing fingers at the Commission, I also tend to believe that rules should be followed. The Member States should amend the rules first before being politically sensitive.
It will be interesting to hear also from the European Parliament.