Coalition to push ahead with proposed salary cuts for constitutional officials


The governing coalition is determined to push ahead with a proposed 5 percent salary cut for all constitutional officials in 2011, despite the likelihood that the decision may be taken to court. The proposed cut would affect the incomes of MPs, senators, judges and the president. The Constitutional Court recently invalidated a 4 percent reduction in the salary of judges affected in 2010 on the grounds that it was un-constitutional and undermined judicial independence. The centre-right coalition government which has approved extensive austerity measures with the aim of a balancing the state budget by 2016, says it is unethical to exempt the country’s top officials from the cost-cutting measures.