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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU President Donald Tusk are receiving pay rises of almost 700 euros, bringing their monthly salaries to an overall 31,272 euros (33,979 dollars), German daily Bild reported Tuesday.

The pay increases, which apply retroactively from last July, come as the European Union is struggling to rev up its economy following the financial crisis, with unemployment standing at 10.7 per cent in the euro currency area.

The commission, the European Union's executive, refused to confirm the top officials' full pay cheques - which include individual allowances - to protect the privacy of their personal data.

Juncker and Tusk each have a gross basic salary of 26,165 euros, without benefits, according to publicly available information.

The commission's seven vice presidents, including EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, are receiving a monthly pay of 27,953 euros - an increase of 633 euros - according to Bild.

The salaries of the EU's 20 regular commissioners lie roughly 3,000 euros below this.

EU lawmakers, meanwhile, are receiving a pay increase of 193 euros per month, bringing their salaries to 8,213 euros, according to the European Parliament. By comparison, that is nearly 10 per cent below the incomes of lawmakers in the German Bundestag.

The EU salaries are calculated according to rules agreed to by the 28-member bloc.

They are based on the incomes of civil servants in various member states, as well as annual inflation in Belgium and Luxembourg, where 85 per cent of the EU officials live, according to the commission. Salaries were frozen in 2013 and 2014.

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