In this context, the Commission, Council and Parliament are negotiating the Sixth Method, slightly amended and renewed, which remains in the 2014 Statute. It is the culmination of an optimal method obtained through an informed administration, an indisputable expertise from Eurostat and the representation of staff in particular the USF, as well as the AIACE, where Ludwig Schubert and his now retired members played a key role.
The process set out in Annex XI is now entitled: annual update of the level of remuneration provided for in Article 65(1) of the Staff Regulations. Member States are direct actors in the statistical process, but calculations, reports and proposals and decisions remain within the competence of Eurostat and the Commission. The co-legislators — Council and Parliament — are informed.
The principle of parallelism with national civil services as laid down in 1972 remains the basis of the Method.
As with the previous ones, this sixth method is of an exceptional duration of 10 years in relation to the Union’s wage agreement. On the basis of Eurostat’s annual report, of which the College of the Commission takes note, remuneration, including allowances and allowances, is to be automatically updated. The result is communicated to the co-legislators and published in the OJ C series.
In addition, the exception clause in Annex XI, which gave full powers to the co-legislators in the event of a crisis, is replaced by ‘moderation and exception clauses (1)’ based on objective and verifiable arrangements for spreading the update, in particular in the event of a deterioration in EU GDP.
Since the economic, budgetary and social crisis did not fully end in 2013, the co-legislators imposed in the Sixth Method a new solidarity levy (2), the application of which does not penalise the most disadvantaged categories of staff or pensioners (3) . Finally, the Statute provides for the application of the sixth Method until 2023 and beyond if necessary, until an agreement with the co-legislators has been reached for a possible seventh Method.
 Articles 10 and 11 of Annex XI (2014).
 As defined in Article 66a of the Staff Regulations
 The EU Staff Pension Scheme is a notional accounting fund, the amount of which remains in the MS treasury. This basic characteristic implies that all pensions (seniority, survival, orphanage and invalidity allowance) are formally derived from the pension of a capital constituted by the contribution (employer-employee) of each member of the plan during his or her activity.