Federal Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) has announced that the annual salary of police officers will be increased by €2,128.84, before tax, over the next three years.
Having agreed to increase the pay of public workers earlier this year, there were fears among police unions that officers would not see their wages rise due to the Federal Government seeking to save money with their latest budget.
But to their surprise, the Federal Interior Minister revealed to MPs present on Wednesday that the earlier agreed yearly rise of €1,000 (before tax) would in actually amount to €2,128.84, i.e. a monthly average of €160,18, as it includes year-end bonuses and holiday pay.
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She did, however, indicate that the raise would be phased in incrementally, beginning on 1 October 2023, then October 2024, and lastly October 2025, rather than on 1 January 2023.
Verlinden also stated that changes would be made to NAVAP, the police pension plan, as the required age will now stand at 58 years after at least 20 years of service from 1 October onwards.
Similar reforms are also planned for the pensions of those employed in the defence, judicial, and public transport sectors.