Europol has issued a tender worth €390,000 (£325,000) to fix an administrative mistake concerning pensions retributions for four of its former employees in the Netherlands. The former employees worked for the EU agency over the period of three years and were employed under the Local Staff regulations.
Despite having contracts under Dutch law, the employees were uncovered for pension insurance for the period between 2015 and 2017.
Europol’s hefty tender aims at identifying a contractor to retroactively procure a pension insurance scheme for the former employees which is compliant with Dutch law.
According to Europol’s own data, the four former staff members are entitled to a gross annual pension of respectively €4,925, €2,599, €2,672 and €3,539.
The assumed estimated cost will be of a total gross pension entitlement of about €41,205 based on three full years of service which were left uncovered.
The result will be a net loss of approximately €350,000 (£300,000) of EU taxpayers’ money for a minor HR error.
The move has angered politicians and eurosceptics in the EU, stressing on the hefty cost of EU bureaucracy at the expense of EU citizens.
German MEP Nicolaus Fest told Express.co.uk: “Why the EU needs to spend such an extraordinary amount to rectify its own mistakes, when it has hundreds of legal experts already at its disposal, is truly a mystery.
“Errors such as this highlight the costly nature of European bureaucracy, but sadly this example is just the tip of the iceberg of EU misadministration.”
Also speaking to Express.co.uk, Nexit Denktank researcher Gabriel van de Bloemfontein, said: “I am not surprised, because this isn’t the first time Europol, a police service, doesn’t act in conformity with legislation.
“Earlier this month it became clear that Europol infringed EU Data Protection rules and I have been warning since May last year that Europol’s policy in data protection has flaws.
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Almost £20,000 were spent on an automatic window closing mechanism.
Doors with a special security device cost £21,000.
In addition to the office itself, whose reform cost exactly £405,436.36, there were also expenses for a so-called “showroom” for £170,161.15.
Mr Wieland is the head of the working group for buildings within the EU Presidium.
Responding to accusations of improper use of taxpayers’ money, the German MEP told The Guardian: “This is an idea lab where we test ideas, whether they are useful, usable – and we want to think out of the box … I am deeply convinced that testing costs money, but not testing costs also money and sometimes even more.”
He added: “Most of the costs which are at stake are behind the walls and it’s not a luxury.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Europol for comment