Reform of the promotion system

Elsewhere we explain how the promotion exercise works in theory, with three levels of ‘merit comparison’ along the exercise (at directorate-general level, by the Joint Promotion Committees and their preparatory groups, and finally by the appointing authority (AIPN)) on the basis of comprehensive and unambiguous appraisals. Continue reading Reform of the promotion system

MFF 2021-2027: Heading V of the EU budget

In the framework of the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2021-2027 Commissioner Oettinger invited the staff representations in January to provide suggestions concerning heading V of the budget which covers the administrative costs of all EU institutions (salaries, pensions, buildings, IT and security). We very much appreciated Commissioner Oettingers willingness to consult the staff at an early stage of the MFF drafting procedure. Generation 2004 has responded to this call and will defend staff recruited after 2004 (including new recruits) and low income staff. Continue reading MFF 2021-2027: Heading V of the EU budget

Modernisation of HR: the experiment goes on

Once upon a time, there was an administration which struggled to reform and modernise…

Let us take a trip back in time. The main character of our story is the EU Commission. The year is 2002. The drive for administrative reform after the resignation of the Santer Commission has already given birth to the Kinnock Reform programme enshrined in the White paper of 2000. Put aside the well-known dramatic consequences for the new recruits and the fragmentation of the workforce, this reform also suggested a decentralisation for the administrative and financial services of the Commission. The underlying idea was that such a decentralisation would lead to modernisation and more efficient use of resources. Continue reading Modernisation of HR: the experiment goes on

Voting rights to all Brussels residents

Generation 2004 supports the campaign launched by some of our colleagues to get voting rights in the regional elections in Brussels.

On 7 February a campaign calling for the right for all Brussels-Capital Region (RBC) residents to vote, #1bru1vote was launched. It has been met with huge support from Belgians and non-Belgians alike. The campaign is of direct concern to those of us who do not have Belgian citizenship and who reside in the RBC. Continue reading Voting rights to all Brussels residents

Goldman Sachs, the bank that runs the world

An interesting video from ARTE about Goldman Sachs’ influence on the EU: A bank which rules the world……

As of the 57th minute it is about Goldman Sachs and the EU and as of 63rd minute you will see which current or former EU leaders are interdependent from that bank: https://vimeo.com/134308032 Continue reading Goldman Sachs, the bank that runs the world

The multiannual financial framework, MFF, 2021-2027

2018 is the year for the Commission to draft and negotiate the next multiannual financial framework starting on 1 January 2021 for a 7-year period.

Commissioner Oettinger is working with his team and with the involved Commission services to present the proposal officially to the Member States in May 2018. In the first working week in January a conference with the involvement of the Member States’ highest political level took place in Brussels to set the scene. Continue reading The multiannual financial framework, MFF, 2021-2027

Pascal Le Grand appointed as new Chair of G2004

The Management Board of G2004 has appointed Pascal Le Grand as the new Chair of the organization.

Born in France, Pascal has spent most of his professional life abroad, including working for the Commission in Brussels during the past 10 years. He is a scientist by training. Being one of the founding members of Generation 2004, he will ensure continuity of our action and use his experience of the institutions to make sure that the gap between privileged staff and staff recruited after 2004, including temporary staff, does not grow further. Pascal and the Board of Generation 2004 thank the former Chair, Lyubomira (Mira) Nesheva for her contribution to the organisation. Mira will remain on the Board of Generation 2004 and an active member. Continue reading Pascal Le Grand appointed as new Chair of G2004

We are visiting Ispra & Seville staff this February!

We are visiting ISPRA staff on 1 & 2 February!!

G2004 aims to achieve a unified European Public Service that is based on fair, just and motivating employment conditions and that is respected for its efficiency, effectiveness and the equal opportunities it offers to all employees of the EU institutions. We denounce the systematic legal and practical discrimination of post-2004 staff and post-2014 staff vis-a-vis their pre-2004 peers. Continue reading We are visiting Ispra & Seville staff this February!

Sustainable mobility in Brussels

OIB and DG HR released earlier this month the results of their latest staff survey on mobility. Some interesting results, albeit somewhat disappointing: the number of cyclists and people walking to work has increased but this seems to be at the expense of the number of people using public transport rather than at the expense of private cars. This suggests that the institutions could do more to encourage people to give up their private cars. The current incentive is limited to a 50% subsidy on season STIB and SNCB passes, basically a few ten euros per month. Cyclists also get access to free parking and showers (in most buildings) but no lockers (with a few exceptions) to store spare clothes and a towel. Pedestrians get nothing, despite having to pay presumably higher rents/mortgages in order to live close to their office. Continue reading Sustainable mobility in Brussels

Family Budget Survey starts this week in Brussels

The following calculation is used to compute the above-mentioned JBLI:

  • Sub-indices of the official inflations rates (Belgian Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices and Luxembourgish Consumer Price Index) are aggregated together using a weighting of approximately 80:20 according to how many staff members are based in Belgium and in Luxembourg.
  • The sub-indices are then aggregated together using expenditure structures (share of the total expenditure that can be attributed to each sub-index) for staff families working in Brussels.

Continue reading Family Budget Survey starts this week in Brussels