Newsletter – 2022-04-13

Newsletter editorial – 13-04-2022

Welcome to the Easter edition of the Generation 2004 Newsletter. Today we take a close look at the Junior Professionals Programme: what are its objectives and has it reached them? We update you on the new home leave decision 2022, an important factor for colleagues who work really far from home. If you are among the many colleagues who want to help Ukrainian refugees, you will be happy to learn that DG HR has reacted to our request that more days of volunteering work should be recognized for this.

If you are interested in the internal competitions, you must not miss our latest information on it. And finally, we present you a summary of the many changes introduced by the new decision on working time and hybrid working.

We hope that you enjoy this edition and we wish you a happy and safe Easter. If you think that we have missed anything important, please get in touch!

New decision on working time and hybrid working: summary of changes

It is April and the new decision on working time and hybrid working has come into effect. Generation 2004 was heavily involved in the discussion process with the administration and we would like to present you the main points of the new decision. The decision is rather complex: FAQs are available as well.

Before starting, please understand that this is a completely new decision and that many details will depend on your DG and your line manager. Therefore, we are especially interested in your feedback! How does your DG interpret the rules? Is it a flexible approach or a one-size-fits-all model? Is your DG rather strict on the amount of teleworking or can you use the full 60% available for “normal” cases?

Continue reading New decision on working time and hybrid working: summary of changes

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

Generation 2004 requests up to 12 days for volunteering

You asked, we took action! Many of you contacted us with concerns that the currently allowed 1 day of paid special leave per year for volunteering activities is wholly inadequate to help the millions of Ukrainian women and children fleeing war and seeking refuge in the EU. On 01.04.2022 it was proposed that this be made 5 days for volunteering in Ukraine. This is an improvement: it’s not the 12 we asked for, but it’s still more than the original 1! (Communication to staff – Update 53)* Continue reading Generation 2004 requests up to 12 days for volunteering

Home leave Decision 2022: an improvement for some staff

The new home leave decision 2022[1] will provide more days of leave to official, temporary agent and contract agent colleagues who are employed 2001km or more away from their official place of origin[2].  Generation 2004 thinks that this decision will have a far from solid impact on the general purpose of having a good work-life balance and the time to connect with friends and family, not to forget all the inevitable administrative work one needs to do when back in the home country. Continue reading Home leave Decision 2022: an improvement for some staff

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

On the occasion of the launching of the call for expressions of interest (21.03.2022) for the NINTH [9th] ‘pilot’[1] Junior Professionals Programme (JPP) we take the opportunity to look at the stated objectives of this ‘pilot’ programme.

First some context. We start with the figures. The Commission has around 32281 staff in total (DG HR, 2021 Key Figures). ‘Pilot’ JPP1-8 have produced some 200 junior professionals so far Continue reading Stated objectives: ‘pilot’ Junior Professionals Programme (JPP) (long read)