Petition in support of Contract Agents!

The recent announcement that the internal Administrator (AD5) competition is tailored to temporary agents is, for the vast majority of EU staff, the straw that broke the camel’s back. Many Contract Agents (CAs) – the most neglected staff category, Assistants (AST) and Secretarial and Clerk Assistants (AST/SC) fulfil the criteria for the competition; excluding them from this career advancement opportunity is a major loss for the European Commission and a major source of frustration for these categories of staff. Continue reading Petition in support of Contract Agents!

Online training courses for the EPSO assessment centre and the secretary concours (SC 1 and SC 2)

Is your EPSO exam approaching and you want to prepare properly?

Ya Semos Europeos (YSE), a training company Generation 2004 has teamed up with in the past to deliver courses for colleagues in the Commission, is offering online training sessions to exercise and reply to your individual questions on the EPSO assessment centre and the recently announced secretary concours SC 1 and SC 2. Continue reading Online training courses for the EPSO assessment centre and the secretary concours (SC 1 and SC 2)

Forced leave, a dream… err… a nightmare come true…

Are you a Commission colleague posted in a EU Delegation to a third country and are you coming back to the EU for vacation?  Or perhaps you already came to Europe for a short vacation and got stuck due to COVID-19 related travel bans and as a consequence you were put on forced annual leave? Do you feel discriminated when your treatment is compared to the same situation of Commission staff residing in the EU? Continue reading Forced leave, a dream… err… a nightmare come true…

Latest news on the missions perimeter

Coronavirus or not: a serious bureaucracy will not be deterred by such a thing when it comes to inventing new regulations with doubtful benefits and uncertain costs. Never mind that all but essential missions have been cancelled for the time being and that complementary measures – with unknown costs – are still in the making, mission perimeters of various configurations will now be introduced for all JRC sites outside Brussels. Continue reading Latest news on the missions perimeter

Summer teleworking from abroad at DG FISMA

Following Generation 2004’s constructive note to Mr John BERRIGAN, Director-General of DG FISMA, on a too strict interpretation of the DG HR rule allowing teleworking from your “home country” during the summer period , we are glad to inform that DG FISMA has decided to change its position, something we very much appreciated.

In a message recently circulated to FISMA’s staff, a restriction not intended by the general DG HR policy was introduced: Continue reading Summer teleworking from abroad at DG FISMA

The EEAS under the EP’s microscope

On 13 May 2020 the European Parliament (EP) granted discharge to the EEAS and most other EU institutions for the year of 2018.

Despite granting discharge, the EP didn’t stop short of immediately calling for a stronger protection of EU spending against fraud, corruption, conflict of interest, intentional misuse and organised crime, as well as for EU money to be distributed more fairly and transparently. Continue reading The EEAS under the EP’s microscope

Chafea II: the final countdown?

After 15 years, from Luxembourg to Brussels in 7 months, really?

Remover Roma con Santiago [a Spanish idiom for the greatest possible effort – Ed.] but for what gain? Where is the win-win?

Out of the blue, in the middle of the worldwide Covid-19 health crisis lockdown and despite a reassuring draft work-programme promising growth and modernisation (4 May), our colleagues in the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) received the news that Chafea (Luxembourg, the only executive agency based outside Brussels) is to be disbanded and its programmes reabsorbed by Brussels in the space of 8 months (of which less than 6 are now left). Continue reading Chafea II: the final countdown?

MFF: Next Generation on a shoestring?

Contrary to any basic common-sense consideration, the Commission is launching its grand plans to kick-start the European economy and strengthen the EU project as a whole in the aftermath of the Coronavirus crisis while, at the same time, proposing astonishing budgetary cuts that will affect the staff that is supposed to implement such plans. Continue reading MFF: Next Generation on a shoestring?

The 2020 promotion appeals season opens tomorrow, Generation 2004 is here to help

Every year, the promotion procedure for officials goes through several stages to culminate in formal recognition (or not) for the job performed during the previous years. During the first stage, your DG’s hierarchy put together draft promotion lists according to the DG quota distribution, and discussed those lists with the staff representation. This first stage is now over and the DG promotion lists will be published in Sysper tomorrow, 18 June! Please, consult Sysper and check if you are proposed for promotion. Continue reading The 2020 promotion appeals season opens tomorrow, Generation 2004 is here to help

Watch out! Updated teleworking guidelines coming on 22 June

Updated Commission teleworking guidelines (replacing the previous version of these rules) were announced by DG HR on 16 June in the  Communication to Commission staff – Update 15 and will come into force from Monday 22 June 2020. The guidelines document will soon be published in the MyIntracomm Coronavirus and COVID-19 News & Helpdesk page (we will update this article with the direct link to them when they are published). Continue reading Watch out! Updated teleworking guidelines coming on 22 June