Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Proposed a Reduction in the Number of Commissioners

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz proposed reforms in the European Union, which intend a reduction in the number of commissioners.

The goal is to reduce the administrative costs, Die Welt reported. Weeks before the start of Austria's rotating presidency of the EU Council, Kurtz said: "If we want to save Europe, Brussels should set an example and reduce administrative costs." He urged Brussels to "pay attention to taxpayers' money."

Austria takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Bulgaria on July 1st.

"If the number of commissioners is reduced from the current 28 to 18, based on a fair rotation system, it will not only save money but will also make the European Commission more effective and more focused," Kurtz said. "It is pointless to have two seats in the same Parliament - Brussels and Strasbourg. I am sure that in the future the European Parliament will be located only one place," added he.

As a rule, the EP meets once a month in Strasbourg and in the rest of the month - in Brussels. The cost of this double structure amounts to about € 200 million per year.

Austria calls in a debate on a new multiannual financial framework for the EU after 2020, among other net importers like the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Finland - the current level of spending in the EU budget to not exceed 1% of GDP. However, spending is expected to grow from € 1,211 to € 1,279 trillion by 2027.

For Austria, this means 970 million euros for Brussels each year.  

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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