Cabinet: Constitutional Officials’ Salaries to Remain Frozen in 2017

Prime Minister Robert Fico (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, November 9 (TASR) – The salaries of constitutional officials, MPs and Cabinet members should remain frozen also in 2017, as the Cabinet approved Prime Minister Robert Fico’s proposal to amend the law on the salaries of some constitutional officials at its regular session on Wednesday.

The Cabinet also okayed fast-track proceedings for the proposal, and Parliament can thus pass it at its upcoming session. The measure will not apply to the salaries of judges and prosecutors.

“In order gradually to reduce the general government deficit and achieve a balanced budget, we need to continue, including in 2017, with consolidation measures that will be instrumental in meeting the set target,” explained Fico in his proposal. He expects €3.5 million to be saved thanks to the salary freeze. “This is a matter of principle for me, and I want to say that we introduced a salary freeze in 2008 and we must do so also in 2017,” said Fico last week.

The salary freeze should also apply to the head of the National Security Office, the commissioner for children and the commissioner for people with disabilities.