Newsletter – 2022-03-16

Newsletter editorial – 16-03-2022

Welcome to the Generation 2004 Newsletter. Today we mark 2 years of mandatory teleworking for most of us: we discuss the ongoing and increasing costs of teleworking and digital overload. We also take a look at the situation in Ukraine for colleagues who remain there (we are still collecting signatures to support our list of actions) and clarify the rules on volunteering. Continuing with Outside the Union, we present the court case won by local agent colleagues in Turkey and note that today is the last day for many local agents to submit their self-assessment text. We consider the perfect storm of the (latest) return to the office and infrastructure upgrades in Luxembourg: many of us will feel the benefit eventually … We invite you to compare actions taken with the words expressed in the context of International Women’s Day and on the topic of action, those of you in Brussels of Luxembourg why not join us for a walk outside?

So, that’s it for this edition, thanks to all of you for your support, ideas and feedback: please keep it coming! If there’s a topic you’d like to see us tackle, whether as an article or as an event, please get in touch!

Take care, stay healthy and enjoy reading!

It’s been two years of mandatory teleworking

16 March 2022: exactly 2 years since 100% teleworking became obligatory for almost everyone at the Commission.  On that first day in 2020 some of us did not even have an internet connection at home or a computer. Nevertheless we did what we could with what we had and ensured business continuity at the Commission in the face of a global pandemic. We bought computers, got the internet connected, used our own mobile phones, joined work whatsapp groups, Continue reading It’s been two years of mandatory teleworking

Special leave for volunteering: it’s one day PER YEAR!

*update 01.04.2022: it is proposed that this be made 5 days for volunteering in Ukraine. it’s not the 12 we asked for, but it’s still more than the original 1! (Communication to Commission staff – Update 53)*

Generation 2004 clarifies the options available for volunteering in response to colleagues who have reached out to us for details. As mentioned on How to help Ukraine[1], special leave is available in sysper for volunteering. That means that you can volunteer and still be paid your full wage at the end of the month: great, right?[2] Continue reading Special leave for volunteering: it’s one day PER YEAR!

Generation 2004 requests assistance be provided to Kyiv Delegation colleagues

Upon request, teleworking in Ukraine and abroad has been made available also for local agents by the latest Admin decision (2022)20.  For the time being this arrangement will be for 3 months, we will closely monitor the situation and the requests for extensions where applicable and necessary.

Since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (24.02.2022) Generation2004 has actively been in touch with local agents and we are aware that all expat colleagues have been successfully evacuated to locations outside the country.  For local agents, Generation 2004 requested the following: Continue reading Generation 2004 requests assistance be provided to Kyiv Delegation colleagues

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!

Rule of law – We demand the EEAS talk the talk and walk the walk

Generation2004 stands in solidarity with local agent colleagues in Turkey. We expresses our extreme concern on continued EU non-compliance with the 2021 court ruling concerning the payment of local agents there. The European External Action Service (EEAS), specifically the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, has again been told that its unilateral insistence on paying local staff Turkish lira (TRY) and not in Euro is a violation of the rules (Republic of Turkey,  Court of Cassation, 9th Civil Chamber Case No:2021/5672 Order No:2021/11022). Continue reading Rule of law – We demand the EEAS talk the talk and walk the walk

Launch of the evaluation process for EEAS local agents

It is now the turn of our European External Action Service (EEAS) local agent colleagues to have their annual evaluation. We’re here for you! See the recommendations in our  presentation (from slide 8 onwards) for how to write your evaluation text and our article on the corresponding dialogue to get an idea of what to highlight and how. As usual, we offer one-on-one sessions to help colleagues by reviewing their self-assessments. Continue reading Launch of the evaluation process for EEAS local agents

International Women’s Day 2022: more than just words?

Generation 2004 marks International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 with a call to make equality about more than just words. We call on everyone to take steps to help IWD accomplish its ongoing mission ‘to help forge a gender equal world. Celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality’. We thank everyone with whom we work and with whom we pursue our shared goals and make special mention today of the women, Continue reading International Women’s Day 2022: more than just words?