Newsletter #40 editorial

Welcome to the latest Generation 2004 newsletter which finds the vast majority of us in circumstances almost unimaginable this time last month.  We understand the challenges we’re all facing at this moment in time and we are here to offer you our support, to tell you what we’ve been doing and to give you a look at what you’ve told us needs to change. COVID-19 is foremost: we’ve launched a petition calling for a coordinated EU response (please sign it and encourage others to do the same), inform Continue reading Newsletter #40 editorial

How to cope with work, handle challenges at home while maintaining good health?

Due to the coronavirus, we were forced to adjust our lives and the way of living. Some of you might find it challenging as you work from home for the first time. Many colleagues usually opt out of teleworking, as they would not feel the pressure to complete their tasks or perhaps they need the social aspect.  We found some interesting tips for you.  Continue reading How to cope with work, handle challenges at home while maintaining good health?

Generation 2004 welcomes the new DG HR Director General Gertrud INGESTAD

Generation 2004 recently welcomed the new Director General in charge of HR matters, Gertrud INGESTAD. The new DG started her functions at a period of severe crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In our welcome letter we raised a number of most pressing practical issues and problems relating to the COVID-19 protection measures. While we fully endorse these measures, we know that certain elements can still be improved. We have collected various examples of your many recent difficulties with our new working arrangements like:  Continue reading Generation 2004 welcomes the new DG HR Director General Gertrud INGESTAD

Ever heard of social dialogue and how important it is for the Commission Staff?

The social dialogue is a procedure, through which general implementing procedures affecting staff are decided in the Commission. It should not be confused however, with the staff representation, who is responsible to control and verify that adopted rules are followed by the administration. Continue reading Ever heard of social dialogue and how important it is for the Commission Staff?

Cycling allowance

EASME , one the Commission’s Executive Agencies has started offering its staff a financial contribution for cycling to work. Congratulations to the agency and its enlightened director! 

Meanwhile, the Commission has been bogged down with the preparation of its new mobility plan for the past 2 years (at the current pace, by the time the plan comes out, it will be obsolete…).  Continue reading Cycling allowance

Current exceptional guidelines on telework

The Commission has sent the vast amount of colleagues into telework, following the ‘guidelines on teleworking in commission departments during the Covid-19 pandemic’. In this article, we explain these guidelines – however, please do invest the time to read the guidelines yourself! We also publish here the Q&A session of the Social Dialogue meeting where this document was discussed with unions and staff associations. Continue reading Current exceptional guidelines on telework