Contrary to what we might expect during the COVID-19 health crisis, DG HR is moving forward with its “new HR strategy” regardless. Although for Generation 2004 it is unclear what the concrete improvements of the previous HR reform launched by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva were: the most visible outcome was the creation of centralised AMCs. According to DG HR, the past staff surveys should provide quite a good understanding of that HR reform: now that is an innovative way to do an assessment of a policy, one could say. Continue reading New HR Strategy – Modernisation or opportunism? The European Green Deal and the multi-annual financial framework (MFF)
European Mobility Week, the flagship EU awareness raising campaign promoting sustainable ways of moving around in our cities, has come to an end. Despite difficult (Coronavirus…) times, almost 3000 towns and cities from 52 countries worldwide have participated! Continue reading European Mobility Week 2020
EASME , one the Commission’s Executive Agencies has started offering its staff a financial contribution for cycling to work. Congratulations to the agency and its enlightened director!
Meanwhile, the Commission has been bogged down with the preparation of its new mobility plan for the past 2 years (at the current pace, by the time the plan comes out, it will be obsolete…). Continue reading Cycling allowance
Everyone counts to make our voice loud and clear to encourage our leaders to take bold steps in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss, as they are finalising the Climate Law, negotiating the next MFF and so much more!
You may know it already, Greta Thumberg, accompanied by Anuna De Wever and Adélaïde Charlier, of Youth for Climate, will lead the march! Continue reading Let’s join the European march for Future on Friday 6 March!
Rhetoric to Reality: the role of the EU in delivering on the Paris commitments
EUStaff4Climate is organising an interesting lunchtime conference on Thursday 20th of February 2020, at 12.00 in
Room Alcide de Gasperi, CHARL. From Rhetoric to Reality: the role of the EU in delivering on the Paris commitments, by Prof Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, Manchester University.
Latest NEWS: change of venue!!!
PLB room 1.4 (Philippe Le Bon)
You can register via EUlearn
Many colleagues have expressed concern to Generation 2004 about the problem of the large amount and use of non-recyclable plastic waste produced by the Commission, in particular from its events’ catering activities and related services (including canteens, cafetarias and catering services).
The problem with such waste, as you are certainly aware is that at best it get’s burned or goes to landfill (i.e. gets buried in a hole in the ground where it stays for hundreds of years), but at worst it joins the millions of tones of plastic waste swirling around our oceans and destroying marine life.
In only 4 months, over 10.000 colleagues in the EU institutions – including many of Generation 2004 members – have signed the EUstaff4climate petition calling on EU leaders to step up action on the planetary emergency. From 20 to 27 September millions of people around the world will take a stand on climate change with strikes and protests. As individuals and EU public servants, we have a double responsibility to act. Generation 2004 actively supports this initiative and our elected staff representatives, Piotr Rapacz, will intervene during Sunday’s event. Continue reading Generation 2004 actively supports the global Climate Action Week and invites all colleagues to join it
Bruxsel’air, a Brussels pro clean air group, is organizing a drink on the space currently blocked for works on Rue de la Loi on the 22nd of August. Ministers of the newly elected Brussels region government were invited and everyone’s presence is important to show that we need a proper clean air policy for our city.
Be there and help support this important cause. It’s your health, it’s your future!
When Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish girl first appeared in front of delegates to the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, not many people knew her. She spoke on behalf of Climate Justice Now. In her three and a half minute speech, she spoke about climate change and absolutely nailed it. She attended the conference in the capacity of being the child who started the movement of school strikes over climate change. Since then she became a well-respected figure seen everywhere around Europe where those Friday strikes take place and was even invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos this year where she dared to tell political and business leaders: “I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.” Continue reading Climate Change, 15 of March 2019
We all know (with a few exceptions) that we are living in a polluted world. We all know (with few exceptions) that we should do something about it. But what perhaps we don’t know (with few exceptions) is that we need to do it now. No time to postpone our contribution to a clean air and a clean environment. We are at the point of almost no return and we need to act accordingly in order to leave a living planet to our kids and generations to follow.
In March 2018 Greenpeace Belgium presented a report called Mijn lucht Mijn School (My air My school) based on a 4-week study on the air in 222 Belgian schools. And with no surprise, the study indicates that the air our kids are breathing is quite bad. In fact, only 7 schools in Belgium are inside the so called “green zone” (good air quality, see table below), the rest of the schools are in the yellow, orange and light red zone. 5 Belgian schools are in the no go zone – not so many, but still a few. The EU normative on the NO2 particles are set quite high, so one could claim that the majority of the schools have actually clean air, but this is not the case. Everything outside a green zone is already a risk for the health.