Institutions

Follow-up special DGT meeting

We look again at the situation in DG Translation (DGT), both in response to contact from colleagues and as a follow up to what was discussed in our last meeting. There are a number of important issues specifically related to DGT but which might also affect colleagues elsewhere, so this meeting is by no means restricted to just one group colleagues. If you want to discuss your concerns in-depth and share your concerns and ideas with us, join our meeting on Friday 2 December 13.15-14.15. Connection details are here. Continue reading Follow-up special DGT meeting

EEAS: discriminatory treatment of AST/SC staff

Unfortunately, we have yet another example of circumstances where our secretary and clerk (AST/SC) colleagues are again treated unfairly, this time not within the Commission itself, but in the European External Action Service (EEAS) with its 144 EU Delegations around the world, specifically when it comes to applying for jobs there (‘postings’). We remind you that AST/SC is the smallest, most restricted and newest of all three function groups for officials, it’s been around only 8 years: it was created by the 2014 staff regulation reform. Continue reading EEAS: discriminatory treatment of AST/SC staff

No work-life balance for colleagues in Delegations?

While the flexible working arrangements such as offsetting and recuperating working hours (‘flexitime’) and working from home are implemented for Member States and headquarters (HQ), as of today, colleagues in 144 Delegations around the world still have no legal basis to telework.  This issue has been flagged multiple times in different meetings with management and a social dialogue was planned to be concluded in September 2022.  As of today, still, nothing. Continue reading No work-life balance for colleagues in Delegations?

Deadline 31.03.2022: LA employment-conditions reform

The latest deadline extension for Local agents to decide whether they would like to accept the new Local Agent conditions expires 31 March 2022. The  conditions of employment are available for colleagues who were already in service since December 2020.

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Please support colleagues in Kyiv, Ukraine

*Please sign to support our note on action to take for our Kyiv colleagues* The war  on Ukraine by the Russian Federation, which started on Thursday 24 February, will have a dramatic impact on the lives of our colleagues employed in Ukraine. We know that the EEAS formed a crisis-management working group for the emergency evacuation from Kabul in 2021. Generation 2004 would like to enquire whether similar arrangements have been put in place in Ukraine, if not, we strongly recommend to do it. Continue reading Please support colleagues in Kyiv, Ukraine

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

How should Teleworking evolve in Delegations after Covid?

Many of you wonder, since there is no legal basis for teleworking in Delegations, what will happen when the pandemic is over?

Will we still have Teleworking in Delegations?

Will we finally follow the rest of the Commission: teleworking has already been in force in Headquarters and other EU sites for more than 10 years! Continue reading How should Teleworking evolve in Delegations after Covid?

Internal competitions: EU institutions doing it differently

Contrary to the oft-repeated instructions that those applying for any internal competition [1] must belong to the same function group (here too), there are no Staff Regulations provisions that prohibit or limit the participation e.g. of officials AST/SC staff in AST internal competitions.

It is exactly because there are no legal restrictions, other EU institutions (the European Parliament, the Court of Justice, and the Committee of the Regions) allow AST/SC staff to apply for AST posts in their internal competitions. Continue reading Internal competitions: EU institutions doing it differently

Thanks for your support for colleagues in Afghanistan!

Thanks very much to the colleagues who joined our petition and expressed their support and solidarity. We acknowledge also the huge effort made by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Commission to provide information and updates in this very extreme situation : they reacted quickly to sort through the avalanche of information they received and take appropriate action. Continue reading Thanks for your support for colleagues in Afghanistan!

Please support colleagues in Afghanistan

We have written to the president of the Commission to ask that the European External Action Service (EEAS) leave no one behind in Kabul, Afghanistan. In response to the current political crisis we ask the EU to move now to arrange safe transportation and passage from the different addresses of colleagues to the airport where it is anticipated that they will be transported to safer locations via humanitarian flights.  Continue reading Please support colleagues in Afghanistan