New working time and hybrid working committee

As we noted in July 2022, the absence of general guidelines for the March 2022 working time and hybrid working (WTHW) decision means that dozens of DGs and services and numerous agencies are doing their own thing and drafting their own guidelines. This is inevitably leading to differences in interpretation and application of the rules, to say nothing of the efficiency of having so many parallel drafting projects on the go, Continue reading New working time and hybrid working committee

Certification: what’s being tested?

All going well, the 2022/23 certification exercise call for applications should be published in the administrative notices (also here) in mid September with a deadline of early October, start drafting your pitch! We have been contacted in the meantime by colleagues who are interested in participating but who are disappointed by the lack of detailed information about the exams and the skills tested. Continue reading Certification: what’s being tested?

Invited to a medical ‘control’ during sick leave? Here’s what you need to know (FAQ)

At Generation 2004, we understand just how unnerving it can be to find yourself the recipient of a  formal Medical Service invitation and confidentiality statement, particularly if the date  stated there has already passed or the location given is incompatible with your current mobility. What to do?

Stay calm, remember that these checks are routine and read our FAQ below. Continue reading Invited to a medical ‘control’ during sick leave? Here’s what you need to know (FAQ)

Council request to further reduce spending on staff

*Update 20.07.2022[1], the Commission has stated its intention to defend Commission staff purchasing power when it responds to the Council in September 2022. It will also undertake a risk assessment/study as per ECA Special report no 15/2019 Recommendation 3.*

Generation 2004 is studying the Council of the European Union Budget Committee statement (13.07.2022). We are gathering information and preparing a formal response. In this statement, the Council requests that the Commission further reduce its staff spending and suggests a number of means to arrive at this aim, many of which directly impact the take-home pay of staff and therefore also the attractiveness of the EU civil service as a whole. We expect the Commission to outline its response 20.07.2022 and will provide updates here on our site. Continue reading Council request to further reduce spending on staff

EPSO CBT/internal competition training: August 2022

*Update 08.08.2022 training dates are 23, 25, 26 and 30 August 2022* Generation 2004, together with Ya Semos Europeos (YSE), is organising a free webinar on Internal Competition AST 4  and training on computer-based multiple-choice test (CBT)  and internal competitions in English: join on Tuesday 19 July 2022 19:00-20:00 CET, where we’ll explain how to face the talent screener and application form for the AST4 internal competition. This is key to pass into the final phase of the competition, the oral interview. Continue reading EPSO CBT/internal competition training: August 2022

Staff in Executive Agencies need your support! Will you dare to care?

*Update 18.07.2022: check out the training on dealing with pickpockets!* The Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Brussels (OIB) recently informed three executive agencies: the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (Eismea), the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HADEA) and the European Research Executive Agency (REA) of its intention to move them from the Covent Garden building to the North Light building close to the Brussels-North train station. The staff committees in the agencies strongly oppose this move, citing both security and operational reasons[1]. Press articles on the security problems in the area:  Continue reading Staff in Executive Agencies need your support! Will you dare to care?

Time for the Commission to focus on inclusion: cancer survivors

Generation 2004 strongly supports colleagues in the EU institutions affected by cancer, just as we support colleagues with any important issue impacting their physical and/or mental health. As the Commission has been in the process of revising its HR strategy for almost 2 years now, it is high time to put in place a new policy to better cater for the needs of cancer survivors and their families and the needs of all colleagues whose complex situations are not well covered by the current patchwork of rules [1]. Continue reading Time for the Commission to focus on inclusion: cancer survivors

Preserving acquired rights of Local agents – empty promises?

Generation 2004 has come across different cases where Local Agents (LAs) have indeed lost their acquired rights after signing up to the new conditions of employment (a loss of rights was mentioned as a distant possibility in 2020). First and foremost, Generation 2004 does not agree with the approach of setting the deadline for LAs to sign the new contract which was before all the annexes of the contract were in place.  The national law reference guides were not provided to colleagues at the time of signing the contract and some of the implementing decisions (i.e. the assessment procedure, guidance policies to assist Delegations in exercising their duty of care towards the local staff) are even still missing today. Continue reading Preserving acquired rights of Local agents – empty promises?

A constructive debate on the Future of the Brussels’ European Schools

In our earlier article on this matter we raised concerns over the two models described in the first draft of the paper on the “Reflections on the future structure of the Brussels European Schools”. Following the meeting of the Enlarged group of the Steering Committee Brussels on 31 May 2022, this paper was revised and following its publication, a group of parents from the Brussels’ European School 2 – Woluwe, took on the task of drafting a document that not only highlighted the raised issues in detail, but also went the extra step and constructively proposed a long-term solution for the current situation.   Continue reading A constructive debate on the Future of the Brussels’ European Schools

Hybrid working guidelines for DGs and Delegations, what should we expect? 

Generation 2004 firmly believes that the EU institutions should focus on impact and output rather than the means of work.  When the pandemic has shown that, for many roles, teleworking can be as effective as office presence (and is considered equivalent), why does the EU appear to prefer to go back in time? Why burden colleagues with again finding balance, having to revamp their schedules and routines with the associated stresses in order to be present in their place of employment rather than letting them continue to telework in peace, efficiently, effectively, and happily? Continue reading Hybrid working guidelines for DGs and Delegations, what should we expect?