Newsletter – 2020-06-02

Newsletter editorial – 2 June 2020

Welcome to the 2 June 2020 Generation 2004 Newsletter.

Slow steps to return to the office are now being taken. Generation 2004 took the time to propose a staff-safety-first  confinement exit strategy  for the Commission and the EEAS, including Delegations.

Alongside, our petition for Covid-19 special leave for parents with young children has attracted almost 2000 signatures (THANK YOU!!!) and saw our request for  a Social Dialogue (SD) meeting addressed in record time. The meeting is on Wednesday 3 June and we would like to invite you to still sign the petition here so that we can go there with a response over the 2000 mark!

We would also like to introduce you to the latest update of the teleworking guidelines that came into force last week.

For colleagues in EU Delegations to third countries, the Common Front of trade unions and professional staff associations launched the 2021 complaint for annual leave following. Join the action here (deadline is tomorrow 3 June 2020 at 23:00 Brussels time), and read our past article for more information on the matter.

Finally, not directly related to Covid-19 but maybe relevant to you if you booked time-credits for the summer period and want to cancel them, we approach and explain this often-unknown type of leave.

Back to school in Brussels?

Following an announcement on 14 May, stating that the European Schools of Brussels would remain closed until the end of the school year of 2019-2020 on 3 July, a new update was sent to parents last Friday (29 May 2020), announcing the schools partial reopening for four weeks, from 8 June until 3 July (please read our note to European School)*. Not only was the move a surprising 180º turn of events, but it also came with some issues that Generation 2004 analysed and reacted upon in a note to DG HR’s Director General, Gertrud INGESTAD.

Continue reading Back to school in Brussels?

To return or not to return (to the office)? That is the question!

Have you been asking yourself questions like these?

  • Have the Commission and the EEAS (European External Action Service) put the health of colleagues at the heart of their strategy for return to the office?
  • Will staff members risk their health and possibly infect their families?

If so, then you are not alone. Continue reading To return or not to return (to the office)? That is the question!

Coronavirus Special leave petition results and social dialogue

Generation 2004’s petition for special leave for parents with young children was a great success. At the time of writing this article, it has gathered over 1950 signatures (Update: 2090 signatures as of 09/06/2020).

The petition is still open and if you have not signed it yet we would love to have your support to get it over the 2000 mark. If, on the other side, you have already signed it already, we would like to thank you very much for your help and trust in our work. Continue reading Coronavirus Special leave petition results and social dialogue

Covid-19 – new teleworking guidelines and reimbursements of necessary costs

The Commission has published updated teleworking guidelines  which first entered into force on 25 May 2020: the first day of phase 1 of the deconfinement. We summarise the most important points in this article. Please take the time to read the guidelines carefully. Different sites will have different timelines, subject to the situation on the ground and the measures taken by the host country. Continue reading Covid-19 – new teleworking guidelines and reimbursements of necessary costs

Time credits leave

For many of us, the coronavirus crisis means we cannot visit our relatives back home, in particular older members of our families. Some of them suffer from isolation and anxiety and badly miss our support. Once the crisis calms down, we will need to catch up with them and make sure that they go back to a normal life as quickly as possible. Of course, we can use our regular leave days for that purpose. However, if your annual leave days are not sufficient, there is a little-known possibility offered by the Staff Regulations to supplement them: time-credit leave. Continue reading Time credits leave