Education

Streamlining the Family Allowance Process: A Welcome Change for EU Staff in Belgium

We will not claim that PMO reacted to our note of May and implemented the new system within this one month. But we do believe that we gave a bit of a push.  Lately, the European Union’s Personnel Management Office (PMO) has been under scrutiny due to prolonged delays in processing school fee reimbursements and third-party allowances.

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Another episode in the Evere European school saga

Not all colleagues have children enrolled in the Evere site of Brussels European School II, but for those who have, news are never enough. Evere was set in temporary facilities until a fully-fledged school would be constructed. While the temporary facilities are not perfect, they provide enough quality for children and education. Continue reading Another episode in the Evere European school saga

Brussels European Schools – problems and solutions

It is becoming a norm that the Belgian authorities do not provide timely official information in writing about European Schools. Nevertheless, the Secretary General of the European Schools has confirmed it orally: the 5th school[*] in Neder-Over-Heembeek won’t be available in 2028 as originally planned, but in late 2030.  Continue reading Brussels European Schools – problems and solutions

Learning sessions on internal competitions – Oral test

We are organising further training with our partners Yasemos Europeos to help you on competition processes, but in the meantime here is what is on offer under “career related training” in EU LEARN, for candidates who are through to the ‘ORAL TEST’ stage of an EU competition having already passed any required Written Test and/or Presentation.

If you appreciate our work, please consider becoming a member of Generation 2004.

Looking for new & exciting challenges?

Did you know that there are some Commission-wide initiatives in which you can take part if you wish to break the daily routine, share your knowledge and experience? You may become an ECMentor, if you have at least 15 years of experience in the organisation, a genuine interest in others and wish to help new colleagues to develop.  Continue reading Looking for new & exciting challenges?

One step forward in our fight: internal competition for AST & AST/SC (+training offer)

*Update 23.05.2024, COM/AST3/2024 competition exam date will be June 5, 2024. Enrolment on COM AST3 training with follow up sessions are closed. Registration for the self-study option is still open.  *Update 02.05.2024 COM/AST3/2024 indicative planning has been updated, but still not precise enough to allow for holiday planning. Continue reading One step forward in our fight: internal competition for AST & AST/SC (+training offer)

Own-initiative training: You are, in fact, on your own

*Update 09.04.2024 we have received a response to our note below from HR: the own-initiative training budget is very limited but special leave might still be available as a contribution to your OIT. Please use all your options!*

Original article: If you work for the Commission and you would like to keep up with developments in your area of expertise, or to acquire new skills to help you in your work, you are in for an unpleasant surprise. Up until recently, the Commission would contribute to the fees of a successful course, making it easier to take the decision to acquire university or other qualifications later in your career – especially for colleagues at the lower end of the pay scales. Continue reading Own-initiative training: You are, in fact, on your own

Training offer for External Competitions

Generation 2004, in collaboration with Yasemos Europeos, is happy to offer you online training and webinars to assist you with preparing for the external competitions.  A discount rate is offered to Generation 2004 members, see below.  All seminars will be in English.

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Training offer for external competitions and certification

*Update 15.01.2024 additional dates for Certification dates added below.* Original article: we offer (in collaboration with Yasemos Europeos) online training to assist you in preparing for external (EPSO) competitions and certification.

For AD7 competition, you can benefit  from a special discount if you are a member of  Generation 2004. Before you register, ask for the special discount code to our secretariat.

You can find the video recording and the PowerPoint presentation of the free webinar here.

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Training offer for certification & internal competitions

*Update 15.12.2023, check out our 2024 training.* Generation 2004, in collaboration with Yasemos Europeos, is offering online trainings and webinars to assist you in preparing for the Certification exercise and internal competitions.

There is a special price for all participants to  the certification  training.  The talent screener  webinar is free for all staff.

You can find the video recording and the PowerPoint presentation of the free webinar here.

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