Following Generation 2004’s constructive note to Mr John BERRIGAN, Director-General of DG FISMA, on a too strict interpretation of the DG HR rule allowing teleworking from your “home country” during the summer period , we are glad to inform that DG FISMA has decided to change its position, something we very much appreciated.
In a message recently circulated to FISMA’s staff, a restriction not intended by the general DG HR policy was introduced: Continue reading Summer teleworking from abroad at DG FISMA
Updated Commission teleworking guidelines (replacing the previous version of these rules) were announced by DG HR on 16 June in the Communication to Commission staff – Update 15 and will come into force from Monday 22 June 2020. The guidelines document will soon be published in the MyIntracomm Coronavirus and COVID-19 News & Helpdesk page (we will update this article with the direct link to them when they are published). Continue reading Watch out! Updated teleworking guidelines coming on 22 June
Generation 2004 has received several questions related to childcare facilities in the Commission during the COVID-19 period and the possible reimbursement of costs. In this article we present you with the most important information on this subject. Continue reading Commission childcare facilities in Brussels during the COVID-19 crisis
Following the Generation 2004 petition for special leave for parents, and at Generation 2004’s specific request, 3 June 2020 DG HR organised a social dialogue (SD) meeting to discuss the difficult situation of colleagues who are struggling to cope with this no-school and no-childcare situation over this extended period. Continue reading From the special-leave-for-parents petition to the social dialogue meeting
Welcome to the 2 June 2020 Generation 2004 Newsletter.
Slow steps to return to the office are now being taken. Generation 2004 took the time to propose a staff-safety-first confinement exit strategy for the Commission and the EEAS, including Delegations. Continue reading Newsletter editorial – 2 June 2020
Following an announcement on 14 May, stating that the European Schools of Brussels would remain closed until the end of the school year of 2019-2020 on 3 July, a new update was sent to parents last Friday (29 May 2020), announcing the schools partial reopening for four weeks, from 8 June until 3 July (please read our note to European School)*. Not only was the move a surprising 180º turn of events, but it also came with some issues that Generation 2004 analysed and reacted upon in a note to DG HR’s Director General, Gertrud INGESTAD.
Continue reading Back to school in Brussels?
Have you been asking yourself questions like these?
- Have the Commission and the EEAS (European External Action Service) put the health of colleagues at the heart of their strategy for return to the office?
- Will staff members risk their health and possibly infect their families?
If so, then you are not alone. Continue reading To return or not to return (to the office)? That is the question!
Generation 2004’s petition for special leave for parents with young children was a great success. At the time of writing this article, it has gathered over 1950 signatures (Update: 2090 signatures as of 09/06/2020).
The petition is still open and if you have not signed it yet we would love to have your support to get it over the 2000 mark. If, on the other side, you have already signed it already, we would like to thank you very much for your help and trust in our work. Continue reading Coronavirus Special leave petition results and social dialogue
The Commission has published updated teleworking guidelines which first entered into force on 25 May 2020: the first day of phase 1 of the deconfinement. We summarise the most important points in this article. Please take the time to read the guidelines carefully. Different sites will have different timelines, subject to the situation on the ground and the measures taken by the host country. Continue reading Covid-19 – new teleworking guidelines and reimbursements of necessary costs
Due to the current unexpected crisis we all face, unprecedented fellowship and collegiality is necessary in order to get through these difficult times. “No one will be left behind” is a mantra we have been hearing throughout the last few weeks from our appointing authorities. However, we are not yet sure if this is or will be the case for our freelance colleagues. Continue reading “No one left behind”?