Household allowance

European commission household allowance

Employees of EU institutions can receive a number of other benefits on top of the ‘basic salary’. One of these benefits is the the ‘Household Allowance’. This article presents all key information about the household allowance. For a full list of possible benefits that come with a job at an EU institution read this article.


The amount of the household allowance is made up of a fixed part of EUR 192,78 EUR plus an amount equal to 2% of an official’s basic salary. Below are sample calculations of the household allowance for a number of common staff:

  • FG III household allowance is EUR 248.34 = EUR 55.56 (2% of the basic salary 2777.78) + 192.78 fixed part
  • FG IV household allowance is EUR 263.90 = EUR 71.12 (2% of the basic salary 3555.98) + 192.78 fixed part
  • AD 5 household allowance is EUR 291.13 = EUR 98.35 (2% of the basic salary 4917.29) + 192.78 fixed part

Staff entitled to the household allowance

There are two conditions to become entitled to the household allowance – geographical and family status-related. Both have to be fulfilled to qualify.

Firstly, persons starting to work for an EU institution in the same country they live in are usually not entitled to the household allowance. To qualify, you cannot be a national of the country the EU institution is located in, nor is it paid if a person has resided in the country for the last 5,5 years.

Secondly, it is not paid to singles or persons in a non-registered partnership. To qualify, one has to be a staff member:

  • who is married
  • with at least one dependent person, usually, a child
  • in a registered partnership (both opposite and same-sex partnerships are treated equally)

There are cases when the household allowance will not be paid despite possible eligibility, such as, when the spouse’s income is above a certain (quite high) threshold. If both partners are employed in EU institutions, only the largest household allowance will be paid. A national of the country where the EU institution is located can become entitled is he/she has spent the past 10 years in a different EU or third country and were not in diplomatic service nor employed by international organisations.

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This article is based on the European Commission Staff Regulations and other publicly available information such as EU institutions’ vacancy announcements. As the EU legal documents and even information on the various websites are hard to understand, this post is one from a series of articles that try to make information about employment in the European Commission and other EU institutions more accessible.

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