FAQs

Conference: transfer-out of pension rights

By popular demand, the pension transfer-out event will take place again in March. The powerpoint is available by email from the Allianz broker. Additional questions from the original presentation (16.01.2024) are added and answered in our transfer-out FAQ. There will be a presentation and then a question and answer session. What does it mean to transfer out of the pension scheme of the European Union institutions (PSEUI)? Who has to do this? What are the options available?

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Transfer of pension rights FAQs

*Update 11.03.2024: in response to your feedback we have renamed this FAQ since it covers pensions in all aspects: transfers in and out included.**Update 11.03.2024: Thanks to the 210 colleagues who attended the 04.03.2024 presentation. The powerpoint is available by email from the Allianz broker. A future session will be organised in June. Additional questions from the presentation will be added and answered below.* Continue reading Transfer of pension rights FAQs

Interim staff at the Commission: FAQs

Here are some Generation 2004 frequently asked questions (FAQs)[1] and sources on interims, those temporary colleagues who are often expected to be up to speed and functional within a very short space of time. This can often translate in real life as having been ‘thrown in at the deep end’ and expected to ‘hit the ground running’ without much information about how things really work. Continue reading Interim staff at the Commission: FAQs

The institutions implement the Picard judgement – sort of … FAQ

*Update 11.04.2024 we have received a response to our September 2023 note[*] on the application of the Picard judgement: see the new internal Commission Directive announced there: HR states their belief there that ‘case law requires the administration to interpret and apply the judgment in a narrow manner’ but does mention the option of challenging individual cases via Article 90(2).*

Original article: In April, we informed you during a lunchtime conference about the judgement in the Picard case and its far-reaching consequences for (former) contract agents (CAs) and temporary agents (TAs) or more precisely: staff that were previously covered by the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (CEOS). Continue reading The institutions implement the Picard judgement – sort of … FAQ

What is the Common Front/Front Commun?

Collaborative action across the list of trade unions and staff associations (including us!).

This is not an entity that stands in elections. ‘Common Front/Front Commun’ is the name given to the majority of trade unions and staff associations (OSPs) together when we work on common action (‘Front Commun’). Continue reading What is the Common Front/Front Commun?

Invited to a medical ‘control’ during sick leave? Here’s what you need to know (FAQ)

*Update 27.09.2022 several of you got in touch with us to add information to this article and we thank you all for your contributions, we have added them to the relevant sections below. Please feel free to continue to send us your experiences, we will add them here anonymously.* At Generation 2004, we understand just how unnerving it can be to find yourself the recipient of a  formal Medical Service invitation and confidentiality statement, particularly if the date  stated there has already passed or the location given is incompatible with your current mobility. What to do?

Stay calm, remember that these checks are routine and read our FAQ below. Continue reading Invited to a medical ‘control’ during sick leave? Here’s what you need to know (FAQ)

Assistants (ASTs) FAQs

*Update 02.10.2023: the deadline for applications for the 2023/2024 Certification exercise is Friday 6 October 2023 at 23:59 (Brussels time). Note that there are still 50 places on the programme this time round (as per question 23 below, this is expected to fall to 45 in the future).* Original article: Here is the presentation from the October 2022 meeting with assistants (ASTs)  and below you’ll find an extended version of a frequently asked questions (FAQs) based on the questions asked.

If there’s something here you can add to, you’d like more information on or that you’d like to challenge (we’re open to all input!) then please get in touch: we’re here for you !  Thanks very much to all who attended! Continue reading Assistants (ASTs) FAQs

The ‘new normal’: is this it? FAQs 28.10.2021

*Update 13.03.2023 here are the results of our June 2022 survey!*

*This FAQ replaces the 11.10.2021 version*

28.10.2021 we had one more social dialogue meeting on the latest working time and hybrid working rules. HR stated that this is the last meeting on this topic. As before, there are many questions still outstanding on how this ‘new normal’ Continue reading The ‘new normal’: is this it? FAQs 28.10.2021

The ‘new normal’: is this it? FAQs 11.10.2021

*This FAQs is superseded by 28.10.2021 version*

We had the second of a proposed two social dialogue meetings on the implementation of working time and hybrid working yesterday (Monday 11.10.2021). HR agreed to a third meeting: there are many questions still outstanding Continue reading The ‘new normal’: is this it? FAQs 11.10.2021

Sign our petition to stop the obligatory return to the office (and FAQs)

*update 27.10.2021 the Belgian national authorities: from Friday 29.10.2021: ‘Teleworking is strongly recommended for all staff members of companies, associations and service providers, unless this is not possible due to the nature of the business or service.’

We at Generation 2004 believe that it is premature to push on with Phase 3 of the Tentative plan for gradual return to the office before the worries and issues voiced by staff are addressed. While we fully understand and support the need for many to go back to the office, we request that this be made voluntary and that the Commission postpone the obligation to return.

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