Making reference to the importance of an efficient functioning of public administrations for democracies, the recent gradual deterioration of public administrations in the wake of cuts in public expenditures, and the related continuing reduction of the ability of public administration to meet the needs of citizens and businesses, the appeal calls on the EU institutions:
• to consider safeguarding the proper functioning of public administrations as a priority objective, not subordinated to any other principle;
• to be clear that in public balances there must not be spending cuts which may put at risk the proper performance of the public administration;
• to encourage Member States more systematically to ensure adequate wages for public sector workers.
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