Cost of living Luxembourg

Would you like to undertake other activities outside your current job in the Commission?

Do you know what steps to take? Let’s say you want to be a therapist or to do some voluntary work [1] within an NGO working with kids or teaching adults different topics or other similar activities. Well, for many types of outside activities during your active service, during your leave on personal grounds (CCP) or even after leaving the service[2], the rules (revised in 2017) state that you need to ask for prior authorisation whether you are an official, contract agent (CA) or temporary agent (TA). [3] Continue reading Would you like to undertake other activities outside your current job in the Commission?

Housing costs in Luxembourg: recognition?

*update 01.04.2022 Corporate Management Board meeting of 30 March 2022 – Flash note: ‘12 actions are being proposed to increase the attractiveness of Luxembourg as place of employment’*

Colleagues in Luxembourg are facing today (well … for over a decade really) house prices that are in no way comparable to those in Brussels, although they receive the same salaries. In the words of DG HR: “This […] has been subject to criticism by some staff members whose place of employment is Luxembourg, who have argued that it does not properly reflect differences in the cost of living between Brussels and Luxembourg.” Continue reading Housing costs in Luxembourg: recognition?

‘Wild West of Teleworking’ Photography Contest: winners!

Thanks to all of you who submitted photos of your home-office/kitchen-table/cupboard-under-the-stairs/garden IT setup and your increased bills and accommodation costs. We always appreciate your interaction and comments and you can still send us your teleworking photos and evidence of costs incurred: let us know where and how you are working! Continue reading ‘Wild West of Teleworking’ Photography Contest: winners!

Remote-working precedent: a workaround or a can of worms?

In January a call for expression of interest presented the possibility to work in a DG Health and Food Safety (SANTE [1]) unit in Luxembourg from any Commission site ‘for about six months’. As stated in the email, the initial Luxembourg-wide call had been unsuccessful, so this was a ‘plan B’ of sorts in these difficult times, a workaround.

Unfortunately, this quick fix opens a can of worms (there are so many issues here we almost didn’t know where to begin, hence the delay in writing this article. If you spot any additional issues, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll add them to this list!) Continue reading Remote-working precedent: a workaround or a can of worms?

Free (public) transport in Luxembourg: should I be bothered?

*Update 09.07.2021 We now have free access to the electric city bikes (‘Vel’OH!’) via the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics in Luxembourg (OIL) (normally this costs €18 for an annual subscription). Check out whether there’s a Vel’OH! station near you!*

As you may know already: Luxembourg has been offering free public transport to everybody since 1 March 2020. Your first gut reaction may have been that this is a good thing: public transport has finally become truly public with free transport to everybody in one country. Continue reading Free (public) transport in Luxembourg: should I be bothered?

Lunchtime seminar on correction coefficient for Luxembourg

Following our previous article on the introduction of a correction coefficient in Luxembourg, Generation 2004 organized a lunchtime conference on this topic in Luxembourg. Colleagues from Isprad and from Zimbabwe joined in via videoconference.

The presentation focused on the specific situation of Luxembourg, i.e. Continue reading Lunchtime seminar on correction coefficient for Luxembourg

Conference on Correction Coefficients

Generation 2004 has the pleasure to invite you to a conference on the subject of Salary Correction Coefficients.

Working in Luxembourg (or elsewhere via Webstreaming) and curious about correction coefficients?

Join us, if you want information about the following questions: Continue reading Conference on Correction Coefficients

Cost of living/Correction coefficient in Luxembourg

Our colleagues in Luxembourg are currently witnesses to a big discussion around the correction coefficients (CC) for our salaries and the potential introduction of an independent CC for Luxembourg. Currently, all existing CCs are benchmarked against the combination of the Belgium and Luxembourg costs of living. We would like to join that discussion and take the opportunity to explain the simplified[1] mechanisms behind the correction coefficients.

Changes to our salaries come mostly from two factors:

  1. The yearly salary update
  2. A correction coefficient (if you work outside Luxembourg and Brussels)

Continue reading Cost of living/Correction coefficient in Luxembourg