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Who gets a price tag even in performance bonuses that since 2018 have almost doubled

Πoς η ΑΤΑ «φοyσκωσε» τουσ μισθούς των αξιωματούχων

Πoς η ΑΤΑ «φοσκω &segma; ω&nu?

By Panagiotis Rougalas

The signing of an agreement for ATA on 07/28/2017, in addition to marking the restart of the institution, also marked the jump in officials' salaries. However, in addition to the high salaries they receive and the ATA that is added, the figures of the general accounting show that some officials receive a price tag, even in the performance allowances. Salary increases for officials are generally notable in 2024 as well, with ATA having played a pivotal role. Firstly, in 2023 inflation was high, at 3.9% and secondly, it was decided in April 2023 to increase the ATA payment from 50% to 66.7%. It is a fact that ATA is paid once a year on the condition that there is a positive growth rate in the second and third quarters of the previous year and that its yield amounts – now – to 66.7% of the annual increase in the consumer price index . What is worth focusing on, however, is how much the salary of officials increases due to ATA applied to the performance allowances they receive, putting an icing on the cake on the big picture.

For example, the president of the Republic for 2024 receives a gross annual salary with benefits (13 months) of 181,400 euros, while 29,855 euros comes from ATA. However, he also receives 30,755 euros per year for performance allowance and additionally receives ATA of 9,110 euros. If one goes back to July 2018, for the salary of state officials, one will see that the price index of the performance allowance on top of the annual performance allowance which currently amounts to 30,755 euros, was 5,204 euros. In 2019 the price index of the performance allowance on top of the annual performance allowance was 5,477 euros, in 2020 at 5,561 euros, in 2022 at 6,022 euros and in 2023 at 7,624 euros. From 2018 to 2024, the increase in ATA on the president's appearance allowance reaches 75%.

Πoς η ΑΤΑ «φούσκωσε» τους μι σθοyς των αξιωματοyχων

ATA Increases 87%

The president of the House of Representatives and past presidents are among the officials who also receive a price tag on entertainment allowances. For 2024, of the gross annual salary with benefits (13 months) of the order of 144,225 euros that he will receive, 21,679 euros result from the application of the ATA. In addition to this, however, he will also receive 25,629 euros from the performance allowance as stated in his data by the general accounting office. Above 25,629 euros, however, ATA is also applied, in the order of 6,817 euros. In 2018, this price index was at 3,639 euros, so in percentage terms it has increased by 87%.

Ministers, deputy ministers, the deputy minister to the president and the government representative are officials who receive ATA on top of their entertainment allowances. Their net annual salaries with benefits (13 months) for 2024 reach 117,618 euros and their ATA amounts to 19,204 euros. The performance allowance of the officials in question for 2024 amounts to 20,503 euros, while the price index on the allowance amounts to 6,073 euros. In 2018, the price index amounted to 3,469 euros, so in percentage terms it has increased in the period 2018-2024 by 75%.

Commissioners and director

The Commissioner for Legislation, the Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and the Commissioner for Transparency will receive 117,618 euros gross annual salary with allowances (13 months) for 2024. The ATA they will receive amounts to 19,204 euros, and the performance allowance amounts to 20,503 euros. However, the ATA applied to the performance allowance increases their salaries by 6,073 on an annual basis. In 2018, the commissioners in the specific positions (except for the Transparency commissioner, who did not exist at the time) received 3,469 euros, so the percentage increase of these positions due to the price index on the performance allowance reaches 75%.

The director of the office of the president of the Republic will receive a gross annual salary with benefits (13 months) of 117,618 euros for 2024, like the commissioners and ministers, deputy ministers, the deputy minister to the president and the government representative. His data are corresponding, with ATA at 19,204 euros and the performance allowance at 20,503 euros. ATA on top of the performance allowance increases his salary by 6,073 per year. In 2018, the specific position received a price index of 3,469 euros on top of the performance allowance and as above, the percentage increase until 2024 amounts to 75%.

Only in the performance

The Member of Parliament/religious representative sees for 2024 a gross annual salary with benefits (13 months) of 96,110 euros. However, he does not see ATA on his annual earnings of 53,401 euros, while ATA, as shown by the accounting data, is applied to the performance allowance which is 20,503 euros. The ATA on the performance allowance for 2024 amounts to 5,454 euros, while correspondingly in 2018 he received 2,911 euros. The percentage increase reaches 87%.

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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