2021 was an unprecedented year of continuous elections! Four of the eight local staff committees (LSCs) across the Commission finished their 3-yearly elections (Geel, Karlsruhe, Outside the Union (CLP-HU) and Ispra/Seville) and one 2021 election didn’t finish until February 2022 (Brussels). Three elections will take place in 2022: France (now?) and Luxembourg and Petten (November?). Having so many elections together is due to the Covid pandemic delaying various elections and now those elections are all happening more or less at the same time. The trade unions and staff associations (OSPs) [Organisations syndicales et professionnelles] individually or as groups present their list of candidates to their own LSC, each one currently governed by different electoral rules: something we’d like to see simplified, standardised and in general, made more transparent and user-friendly. The elections in principle take place on different days. This year there has been an alignment between the LSC elections of Brussels and Ispra/Seville (yes, for historical reasons Ispra (Italy) and Seville (Spain) share an LSC: that’s almost a 2000km distance for anyone wanting to discuss something in person, that’s one of the changes we’d like to see: separate LSCs for these two sites).
Those eight elections
Three to come
The elections in Paris were to happen at the end of 2021. For the time being we do not have any list of candidates yet. If you would like to represent us in France, do not hesitate to reach out to us.
- Ispra/Seville (December 2021) A great success!
We had a full list for the LSC elections in Ispra/Seville and we won 5 of the 21 seats: this was a great result! Thanks everyone!
- Outside the Union (December 2021) Hard work rewarded!
We had a full list of diverse, geographically and gender-balanced candidates including all staff categories. We won 3 of the 14 seats, making history here! Thanks to everyone who voted!
- Karlsruhe (October 2021) Another historical moment!
For the first time, Generation 2004 ran in Karlsruhe. Here, we also submitted a full list of 12 gender and geographically-balanced candidates representing various staff categories. In today’s elections 12 candidates will be elected. We got 34% of the votes cast: well done, Karlsruhe team! This translates to 1 full member out of a potential 8 and 1 alternate/backup out of a potential 4.
- Geel (July 2021) We made history here!
We wrote history in Geel! 6 out of 14 Generation 2004 candidates were elected to the LSC, which makes a representativity of 33.6%. Since the other 8 elected members are all independent, Generation 2004 is the only staff organisation represented in Geel. Thanks to the support of the Geel staff, we can collectively intervene on issues which are out of the mandate of the local committee. It is clear that our voice will be stronger. If you need any support, you can directly contact the elected members: please get in touch!
Why is it important to take part in these elections?
This is your moment as Commission employees to influence the changes taking place in the Commission. When you take part in LSC elections you choose the elected representatives who speak for you in negotiations with HR on various aspects of YOUR Commission life – particularly your working conditions. We, the staff representatives, work on subjects ranging from the rights and privileges of all of us, our health insurance, careers, promotions, the New HR Strategy, Teleworking from abroad, Decision on Working Time, internal competitions, canteens, retirement, and so on. In brief, your involvement has an impact and the positions the staff representatives defend should be in line with your values and opinions.
Ideally the OSP lists of those standing for election should be representative: there should be people there from all function groups and categories, from all family situations, from all age groups and abilities. In an ideal world, those on each list would also have experience among them of working in a wide variety of DGs and of careers (i.e. from pre and post 2004 and 2014 staff regulations reforms).
The elected representatives negotiate, give positions and take part in the Social Dialogue with the Commission. We regularly discuss issues raised in the 8 LSCs and some of us are also sent to discuss issues at the Central Staff Committee, where only a limited number of elected representatives participate. Staff representatives are members of different committees such as the Committee on Equal Opportunities (COPEC) or the Joint Promotion Committees (JPCs) AST-SC/AST/AD where we negotiate with HR and provide feedback on their proposals. We are also there to help when you feel that the rules have perhaps not been applied correctly, you want someone to advise on how to respond to a difficult set of circumstances or you want to appeal your non promotion/reclassification. We represent you and we’re here for you!
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