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!

New teleworking guidelines and teleworking from abroad: here we go again!

In our July newsletter we informed you of our actions to guarantee fair and consistent application of the new teleworking guidelines throughout the Commission, especially as regards the possibility of 2 weeks of teleworking from outside the place of employment.

We wrote a note to DG FISMA concerning their overly strict interpretation of the rules, and received a positive reply to our request.

However, we decided to ask for your feedback – both in that article and through an email sent to all our members – on the procedures in place where you are and on the outcome of your request.

As a result, we were flooded with messages stressing the very different procedures and layers of approvals necessary to be granted these 2 weeks of teleworking in different DGs and different parts and sites of the Commission. Continue reading New teleworking guidelines and teleworking from abroad: here we go again!

Indomitable spirit. Taking on the institutions and winning!

Probation reports cannot and should not be used for promotion purposes.
With impeccable timing, here we have evidence of what’s possible beyond the promotion appeals process. We encourage you to read the case (T-511/18) of a colleague’s long and arduous journey to hold the Commission to account which, on the way, clarifies the rules on what evidence cannot and should not be used in a promotion evaluation.

‘Thus, an end-of-probation report, even if it contains a certain number of observations on the official’s or other staff member’s fitness for work, cannot, in principle, be taken into account by a promotion committee.’ (137) Continue reading Indomitable spirit. Taking on the institutions and winning!

Modernisation of the Local Agents working conditions

For over 3 years all trade unions and EU delegation staff committees have been working with the administration to finalise the exercise of modernising Local Agent (LA) working conditions.

Although Generation 2004 participated in two rounds of social dialogue meetings in the EEAS in May, the decision was however finalised without our involvement as written in our article “Nihil de nobis, sine nobis!”. Although the power to adopt the last three implementing rules was delegated to Continue reading Modernisation of the Local Agents working conditions

A national-insurance card for colleagues in the Netherlands

If you work for the Commission in the Netherlands, you might have had some problems in the past with your health care, due to the lack of a health-insurance card. This results in additional costs for JSIS members, e.g. the “passantentarief” when you are not registered with a general practitioner (GP) and, since the JSIS does not issue a Dutch health-insurance card, you simply could not register with a practitioner.
In order to remedy this problem, the PMO has negotiated with a Dutch health insurer, CZ. The resulting agreement should guarantee a non-discriminatory treatment of JSIS beneficiaries under primary cover. Please note that the agreement does not apply to beneficiaries under top-up cover (they should already have a health-insurance card from their primary cover). Continue reading A national-insurance card for colleagues in the Netherlands

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