Contract Agents

Contract Agents were created by the 2004 Reform. Although we think that Contract Agents can play a highly specific and useful role for the organization (covering leaves of officials, staffing projects limited in time, bringing new experiences into the organization) we Generation 2004 consider that there are several problems linked to their current usage.

Main problems are:

  • use of CA for covering permanent positions,
  • regular loss of experience
  • higher vulnerability of staff.

Due to these elements, and to the fact that they are also a result of the 2004 Reform whose negative effects we aim to correct, this is one of our major strategic dossiers.

We have a working group dedicated to the dossier, and in December 2012 we have addressed a letter about Contract Agents to Human Resources of all Institutions and Agencies (here is the cover e-mail).

As a background you can see the report of the Commission to the Council regarding the recruitment of the contract agents in 2010 (in French, COM(2011)802 final 23.11.2011).

 


 

Articles on Contract Agents

Report on the social dialogue at the Commission

November 25, 2017

Commissioner Oettinger met the staff representation on 20 October. Apart from a surprisingly long intervention of the Commissioner on the departure of Mr. Kessler from OLAF, the meeting was essentially business as usual. Generation 2004 maintained its request that the draft decision of the Commission on the so-called external activities...

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You are a Contract Agent? Share your experience with us!

September 24, 2017

“In a Union of equals, there can be no second class workers. Workers should earn the same pay for the same work in the same place.” J.C. Juncker, State of the Union address, 13 September 2017. Contract Agents account for more than a quarter of the European Institution’s population and...

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Wind in our sails, but in what condition is our ship?

September 24, 2017

A wind of optimism is blowing in the EU institutions. Some are beginning to argue that the added-value of the EU has become clearer following the events of the past 18 months. Indeed, recent electoral rounds in France and in the Netherlands have been less negative than expected with respect...

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Petition on the future of Contract Agents

June 23, 2017

The NPS forum, with the active support of one of our members, is launching a petition on employment conditions and career prospects for the non-permanent employees and contractual agents at the European institutions. Follow this link to read the text of Petition 0178/2017. We encourage you to sign this petition,...

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The Senior Expert against the Contract Agent

June 23, 2017

Les fonctionnaires sont un petit peu comme les livres d'une bibliothèque. Ce sont les plus hauts placés qui servent le moins..."  (Georges Clemenceau) Recently, the staff representation has become very excited about a controversial email exchange between an informal collective of the EC's Contract Agents called the Non-Permanent Staff (NPS)...

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DG TRANSLATION: Kids of a lesser god or just the preview of the EC of the future?

May 4, 2017

Since 2004 the European Union has massively increased in population, number of Member States and languages, and has further expanded its activities in various domains too. In order to cope with this new challenge, the Commission's administration has increased its staff albeit not in direct proportion to the population increase,...

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CA Dossier: Is the current situation sustainable?

May 4, 2017

As mentioned in our communication sent at the beginning of April, Generation 2004 is disappointed by the outcome of the Conciliation meeting that took place on 6 April to discuss the General Implementing Rules of the Staff Regulations for Contract Agents. You might wonder why we give so much importance...

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Outcome of the Conciliation meeting on the implementing rules for CAs

May 3, 2017

Yesterday trade unions and staff associations met in a “Conciliation” meeting with Commissioner Oettinger to discuss the General Implementing Rules that will govern how the Staff Regulations will be implemented in the Commission with respect to Contract Agents (both 3a - Contract Agents with an indefinite duration contract - and...

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General Implementation Provisions for Contract Agents: a compromise which leads NOWHERE

December 20, 2016

The saga of the discussions on the General Implementing Provisions (GIP) for Contract agents (CA) seems to have lasted for ages. Generation 2004 has followed it for you in a number of articles (see here and here). The culmination came some weeks ago at a meeting of the social dialogue...

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You are hired/fired: Recruitment trends at the Commission!

November 24, 2016

As can be seen from recent statistics (see table in article above), the only category of staff that is currently still growing is the Contract Agent category. Looking at the data and comparing this growth with the recent trend in the recruitment of permanent officials ('fonctionnaires') , we can conclude...

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