Electoral reform

Outcome of the latest vote on electoral reform in Luxembourg

So the road ahead for the Luxembourg local staff committee (LSC) for the November 2022 elections is set: there will indeed be a change to the current (2016) election rules. The proposed ‘fully proportional system’ (‘FPS’) will be used. A 66.6% majority is enough for a change of the rules: this proposal received 72%.

The first of two Luxembourg LSC general assemblies (GAs) was to vote on two different proposals to reform the electoral system for the next Luxembourg LSC elections. This follows hot on the heels of the two proposals from May 2022. Our analysis showed that both of these latest proposals were based on proportional systems, so they would undoubtedly offer certain improvements over the present winner-takes-all (‘majority’) system. Nevertheless, one of the latest proposals was unnecessarily complex and the other would benefit from a final review. So, we were in a dilemma: grab the opportunity to introduce a potentially flawed but more proportional system, even at the risk of running into problems with hastily stitched-together proposals, or refuse this ill-timed attempt, stay with the current rules for – given the time constraints – one last time, and leave the matter to the new LSC? We left the decision in your hands. Continue reading Outcome of the latest vote on electoral reform in Luxembourg

Yet another Luxembourg general assembly? What is going on?

*Point C of the dedicated factsheet contains voting instructions* Luxembourg local staff committee (LSC) has two, yes two(!) general assemblies (GAs) in the space of a week. You may recall that the Luxembourg LSC held a general assembly fairly recently, in May 2022. The purpose of that May GA was to vote on two proposals to change the electoral system for the LSC elections (due to happen in November 2022). One proposal was from Generation 2004 and one from Ensemble Luxembourg. While everyone agrees that the current (2016) system needs to be changed, it has proven difficult to find consensus on how exactly it should be changed. Here’s our analysis of the May proposals. Unfortunately, our May proposal did not pass, and neither did the other one. Continue reading Yet another Luxembourg general assembly? What is going on?

A new electoral system in Luxembourg – so close yet so far

Regular readers of our newsletter might remember that Generation 2004, together with several other trade unions, has tried to change the electoral rules for Luxembourg in the past – and it did not work out. But we are used to fighting long up-hill battles, so of course we tried again in the recent general assembly in Luxembourg. 

Unlike last time, we did not arrive at a consensus with the other trade unions to present just one common proposal: instead, staff was presented with two proposals! Please read the summary of our proposal, including a comparison with the other proposal (it includes links to the full text of both proposals).   Continue reading A new electoral system in Luxembourg – so close yet so far

General assembly in Luxembourg to change the electoral rules – please vote!

*Update: neither of the proposals was successful.* On Monday, 16 May 2022, colleagues in Luxembourg will meet in a General Assembly to change the electoral rules for Luxembourg. This is not a new topic: Generation 2004 has considered for a long time that the current rules are flawed. We tried to change the rules in 2019, but missed the required 2/3-majority (not by much, though). We have learned from this and have incorporated the feedback received into our new proposal. Continue reading General assembly in Luxembourg to change the electoral rules – please vote!

It’s really simple after all: introduction to the staff representation for colleagues in Delegations

All colleagues in Delegation, (including Commission colleagues), must vote  in April 2022, even those who already voted in December 2021. All  colleagues in Delegation have the unusual situation of participating in two elections (levels 1 and 2: see ‘the staff representation structure and elections’ table below). EEAS Colleagues will have their EEAS staff committee election at the end of 2022. [1] Continue reading It’s really simple after all: introduction to the staff representation for colleagues in Delegations

2021 is a year of elections

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. Continue reading 2021 is a year of elections

Thanks to your support, fairer and more transparent election rules adopted!

Thanks to your overwhelming support, the Generation 2004 proposals which aimed at ensuring fairer and more-transparent staff representation elections were adopted with 90% in favour during the Brussels and Commission Representations in the EU staff general assembly (24.09.2021).

Why we needed change Continue reading Thanks to your support, fairer and more transparent election rules adopted!

Electoral reform proposals: transparency in the ballot lists

At Generation 2004 we make no secret of the fact that we would like to see electoral reform. A standardisation of the electoral rules would make the staff representation not just simpler and significantly more user friendly for all, but also much more transparent.

That transparency would, ideally, also be extended to groupings of trade unions and staff associations (OSPs). It is imperative that staff know for whom they are voting: the voting system is already opaque and any agreements in place between OSPs should be made clear in order to allow staff to make informed decisions when voting. [1] Continue reading Electoral reform proposals: transparency in the ballot lists

Geel elections: Generation 2004 staff representatives 2021

Despite being in the period of summer holiday, the July 2021 Geel local staff committee election has been successfully concluded with your support! You gave us 294 votes in total, which corresponds to 7 out of 14 elected representatives [1]. Generation 2004 thanks each and every colleague who took the effort to participate in the paper voting (no electronic voting for Geel as yet). Continue reading Geel elections: Generation 2004 staff representatives 2021

The old guards maintaining the status quo in Karlsruhe and Geel

The infinite depths of (Commission) space. The final frontier: the Joint Research Centre (JRC).  Its mission: to boldly go where noone (Commission official) has gone before: research, innovation, digitalisation, green deal … Really? Also at the JRC Karlsruhe and Geel?

What happened there? Continue reading The old guards maintaining the status quo in Karlsruhe and Geel