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The 27 increase the bonus to better recruit in Afghanistan

(B2) The ambassadors of the 27 Member States of the European Union have today (Wednesday 25) decided to increase the amount of per diem and bonuses paid to international experts ready to engage in the EUPOL Afghanistan mission. It was indeed known that the European Union had great difficulty recruiting for this mission, the bonuses being relatively low compared to other missions and especially the risks clearly incurred. Among the civilian (and even military) ESDP missions currently underway in the EU, the risk of being killed or injured in Afghanistan is, in fact, certainly one of the greatest. Base salaries remain the same. But the "per diem” will be increased to 82,50 euros for the first 30 days (compared to 45,49 on other days since December 1, 2008). Likewise, the “hardship” bonus increases from 25 to 35 euros (i.e. the highest level for ESDP missions). And the risk premium increases from 30 to 35 euros (for a position in the north, east and center of the country) and from 40 to 50 euros (in the east and south of the country) per day. To this should be added compensation
additional 60 euros. This should encourage a few additional candidates to take action (see latest recruitment in progress) and finally make it possible to achieve the objective set by the EU of doubling the mission to 400 people.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).