Internal Competitions

Internal competitions – excluded again?

Last month DG HR published several long-awaited internal competitions. If you are eligible, Generation 2004 is happy for you. However, if you are one of those that cannot apply even though you have been working for our institution for many years, do not lose your faith. We are aware of this problem and will continue fighting against this discrimination even though there are fast careers for some. 

Many colleagues were already in a similar situation last year when we encouraged them to apply even if they were not ‘eligible’, for reason as wide as:  Continue reading Internal competitions – excluded again?

DG GROW: Reorganisation? Maladministration? Or how to pave the way for…what?

Our institution as well as our working and private lives have, in the recent past, undergone substantial change. So much so that the word reorganisation stopped soliciting any surprise. We are used to it and it happens everywhere and at reasonably regular intervals, such as before the arrival of a new Commission or Cabinets: the outgoing one might look to perhaps reshuffle things in order to accommodate their loyal staff within the services of the Commission. Continue reading DG GROW: Reorganisation? Maladministration? Or how to pave the way for…what?

Help! My languages are in the wrong order!

*Update 10.01.2023 check out HR report 2020, p. 94: these court cases this stopped EPSO from limiting external competitions to the 3 procedural languages. Could this be of use?* *Update 22.12.2022, HR refused many of the requests to change language order, but provided no legal basis for doing so. We saw only ‘administrative practice’ or an unidentified distinction between Temporary Agents (TAs) and officials cited as reasons. We are preparing an Article 90(2) template for you to challenge the refusal (this could be important for future competitions). The text is written and is being reviewed by those with legal training. There is no rush, you have up to 3 months submit the paperwork.*

Continue reading Help! My languages are in the wrong order!

Contract Agents: what does the future hold?

*The presentations from previous events can be found at the bottom of this article.*

Generation 2004, the only staff organisation with all representative staff categories in its team, is here to listen to you and your concerns and to develop together with you our positions on many work- and well-being-at-work- related issues. The Generation 2004 team has made a solid contribution to defend the interests of Contract Agents (CAs), the category of staff with the most uncertain future. Continue reading Contract Agents: what does the future hold?

Contract Agents are frustrated! Here is why!

EPSO CAST vs. CAST PERMANENT 

One of the reasons for frustration of Contract Agents (CA) happens even before they are hired (i.e., during the recruitment phase). 

The CAST PERMANENT is a selection tool that was introduced in 2017. Permanent means that there is no deadline, so candidates can submit applications at any time.  Continue reading Contract Agents are frustrated! Here is why!

Internal competitions – fast careers… for some

Although Generation 2004 welcomes the planning of the upcoming internal competitions, we must regret that DG HR failed, yet again, to listen to its staff and to the staff representation.  

Let us have a close look at this planning promising to “create opportunities for faster careers within each function group for many officials” and to retain “in-house talent (temporary and contract staff)”.  Continue reading Internal competitions – fast careers… for some

Update on our collective action on internal competitions

We are in April and DG HR has not yet provided competition planning (provisional or otherwise). We do not think that this will change any time soon. Even if the planning was to become available now, the ongoing exclusion of certain staff categories (16 000 potentially eligible staff) from internal competitions requires action and the most recent example of this is the internal competition published at the end of the last year (COM/AD/02/21). Continue reading Update on our collective action on internal competitions

Stated objectives: ‘pilot’ Junior Professionals Programme (JPP) (long read)

*Update 10.01.2023: There is a parallel programme in Delegations (European External Action Service (EEAS)) Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD), now in its 7th edition. This EEAS traineeship, set up in 2012, has never been evaluated, nor is there a legal basis to do so. [*]* Continue reading Stated objectives: ‘pilot’ Junior Professionals Programme (JPP) (long read)

Update: internal competition COM/AD/02/21 (AD5) – Art. 90(2) complaint

*update 18.07.2022: anyone who wishes to protest against any internal competition (e.g. COM/AST4/2022 (​AST4)) can follow the same process as that set out below. Apply then appeal (as below) and then get in touch with us.*

The non-eligibility decision for COM/AD/02/21 (AD5) was sent out on 25.01.2022, please check your EPSO account.

For example, this is the decision that a member of Generation 2004 has received:

Continue reading Update: internal competition COM/AD/02/21 (AD5) – Art. 90(2) complaint

Update 25.01.2022: internal competition COM/AD/02/21 (AD5) – what’s next?

*25.01.2021Rejection letters are out, please let us know whether you took action and we can coordinate on the  next steps*

Thanks to all of you who answered our December call to action in response to yet another very discriminatory internal competition (COM/AD/02/21 (AD5)) which excludes over 16 000 potentially eligible candidates. Yes, we also noticed that the ‘talent screener’ was simply a request for permission and your staff number. We have a Microsoft Teams group on this topic, come and join the discussion! Continue reading Update 25.01.2022: internal competition COM/AD/02/21 (AD5) – what’s next?