Luxembourg

General assembly in Luxembourg to change the electoral rules – please vote!

On the upcoming Monday, 16 May 2022, colleagues in Luxembourg will meet in a General Assembly to change the electoral rules for Luxembourg. This is not a new topic: Generation 2004 has considered for a long time that the current rules are flawed. We tried to change the rules in 2019, but missed the required 2/3-majority (not by much, though). We have learned from this and have incorporated the feedback received into our new proposal. Continue reading General assembly in Luxembourg to change the electoral rules – please vote!

Luxembourg: transport infrastructure will be lovely … once it’s finished!

We have the perfect spring transport storm for some of you: trains, roads, trams and back to the office 2 days a week[1]. The infrastructure work is ongoing all over but the benefits will not be felt for a while. Let’s start with cross-border travel.

Firstly France: work on the A3, the main France-Luxembourg road, has just started this week and is set to last for 5 years in total, so in early 2027, Continue reading Luxembourg: transport infrastructure will be lovely … once it’s finished!

Core time in Luxembourg: mixed messages

So, we’re back to work again for an obligatory one day a week [1]: this is all very similar to the last time this happened, in September 2021. The core time for DGT, Eurostat, CNECT, DIGIT, EAC, MOVE/ENER, ESTAT, OIL, OP, PMO and DG SANTE in Luxembourg remains as it was, at least for the moment: no changes there … so far. The issue is that the soon-to-be-implemented Working time and hybrid working decision  (WTHW) [2] setting out the proposed ‘new normal’ is a ‘one size fits all’ plan. Continue reading Core time in Luxembourg: mixed messages

Let’s walk together!

Generation 2004 cares about your wellbeing.

To prove it, in the last two years alone we have organised several initiatives offered by colleagues to staff, and have pushed for policies in this area:

Continue reading Let’s walk together!

Housing costs in Luxembourg: recognition?

*update 01.04.2022 Corporate Management Board meeting of 30 March 2022 – Flash note: ‘12 actions are being proposed to increase the attractiveness of Luxembourg as place of employment’*

Colleagues in Luxembourg are facing today (well … for over a decade really) house prices that are in no way comparable to those in Brussels, although they receive the same salaries. In the words of DG HR: “This […] has been subject to criticism by some staff members whose place of employment is Luxembourg, who have argued that it does not properly reflect differences in the cost of living between Brussels and Luxembourg.” Continue reading Housing costs in Luxembourg: recognition?

Promising and selling unicorns

On allowances to cover the additional costs of teleworking and other promises

It is election time for many sites of the Commission and there are two unmistakable signs for this:

  • Your inbox is filling with largely indistinguishable e-mails asking to vote for union X or union Y, because they have done SO MUCH for you in the last year (although for some of them, you cannot remember ever having seen any action or results).
  • The e-mails contain a hodgepodge of measures that they are demanding, often defying any sense of reality: unicorns, rainbows, a guaranteed lottery win … 

Continue reading Promising and selling unicorns

Wake-up call for the administration – Voter apathy and low voter turnout

The local staff committee (LSC) elections for outside the Union, Ispra/Seville and Brussels have all had to be extended (see below).

For outside the Union the issues raised are long standing. Continue reading Wake-up call for the administration – Voter apathy and low voter turnout

2021 is a year of elections

2021 was an unprecedented year of continuous elections! Four of the eight local staff committees (LSCs)  across the Commission finished their 3-yearly elections (Geel, Karlsruhe, Outside the Union (CLP-HU) and Ispra/Seville) and one 2021 election didn’t finish until February 2022 (Brussels). Three elections will take place in 2022: France (now?) and Luxembourg and Petten (November?). Having so many elections together is due to the Covid pandemic delaying various elections and now those elections are all happening more or less at the same time. Continue reading 2021 is a year of elections

The ONE: is this the future of the European civil service?

*update 22.02.2022: we’re hearing that colleagues are changing DG in order to avoid open space/hot-desking. Is this you? Get in touch, we’d like to hear from you!*

No assigned desk and a cold pasta Bolognese from the vending machine: is this the future of the European civil service? If you want a glimpse of the latest building being showcased as the future the administration is designing for the EU civil service, come with us and visit ‘The ONE’, aka L107. This, the future workplace of some 1700 Commission staff from next year, comes not long after the dynamic open spaces set up in DG BUDG, DG TRADE, and is soon to be followed by the new Publications Office (OP) (POST-Mercier) and the Jean Monnet 2 (JMO2). Continue reading The ONE: is this the future of the European civil service?

Luxembourg members conference Friday 25 June

We are glad to invite you to the next Generation 2004 meeting dedicated to our members in Luxembourg. We would like to update you on recent developments and issues concerning our working environment, with a specific focus on Luxembourg issues. Continue reading Luxembourg members conference Friday 25 June