This picture is well worth a thousand words. It shows 7 most popular screen resolutions on a mid-sized website in 2006 and in 2013. 1024x768 was taking a lion's share in 2006 but there's no clear winner in 2013. Websites that were designed to be best viewed in 1024x768 look much worse on the majority of screens nowadays.
Remember my story about Neelie Kroes hacking EU-Azerbaijan relations? I made a Freedom of Information request to DG Connect, and they replied that there is no forensic report whatsoever that studied this "hacking" attempt. We may thus safely assume that there was no hacking whatsoever. See the attached reply below.
… — Do you have a mortgage?
Seriously, an employee with a mortgage to repay is submissive and risk-averse. Exactly the kind of person most businesses look for.
European Parliament 5540 European Council and Council 3117 European Commission 24617 Court of Justice of the European Union 1547 Court of Auditors 752 European Economic and Social Committee 689 Committee of the Regions 488 European Ombudsman 22 European Data Protection Supervisor 43 European External Action Service 1667
Average salary per EU institutions, 2012 budget.
European Parliament 109,354.29 EUR European Council and Council 98,659.59 EUR European Commission 133,042.28 EUR Court of Justice of the European Union 120,409.29 EUR Court of Auditors 110,742.09 EUR European Economic and Social Committee 87,223.82 EUR Committee of the Regions 92,775.27 EUR European Ombudsman 239,840.80 EUR European Data Protection Supervisor 98,468.52 EUR European External Action Service 80,869.68 EUR
It's not obvious to find these numbers in the budget, so we'll have to use a hack. EU permanent staff pays 10.25% of their salaries to the pension fund. Pension contributions are accounted for as revenue, so they are consolidated the section 4 1 0 here. For 2012, pension contributions were at 483mln euros. By means of a simple extrapolation, we can now evaluate the amount paid in salaries to 4.7 bln euros, i.e. 6.5% of the EU budget. With the number of permanent position at 38 482, this gives an average of ~122 000 euros/year salary.
Naturally, the distribution of income is rather unequal at the instititions, with high earners being paid 7 times more that low earners (18 370 vs 2 654 euros/months base salary)
They have a consolidated revenue volume, but expenditure is spread over several volumes. This was designed to make budgeting easier to understand, yeah…
Our super-duper high-tech IT-savvy EU commissionner Neelie Kroes messed up EU-Azerbaijan relations recently, first claiming that the computers of her collbarators were hacked during an official visit to Baku, then silently sending the two people involved in the accusation on holidays.
It looks like the two "collaborators" of Neelie Kroes stumbled upon the "suspicious activity" popup window while connecting to their email accounts from Azerbaijan.