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Letter to the Daily Mail re your article on the rising cost of EU pensions, 26th April 2011

April 26th, 2011

Sir,

With reference to your article today on the rising cost of EU pensions, any increases in the EU’s pensions bill are due to rising numbers of pensioners – an issue faced by all pension systems – and not to increased pensions for individuals. In addition, recent reform to the pension system has meant that the rate of increase to 2059 will be substantially less than it would have been without the reform (83% rather than 168%), saving billions of euros. Average pensions for EU officials will decline by 12.5% by 2059.

Jonathan Scheele
Head of European Commission Representation in the UK

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