Newsletter #35 – May 2019

Generation 2004 has a new elected board and chair

Dear colleagues, 

It is my great pleasure to announce that following the election of a new board for Generation 2004, Łukasz Wardyn has been elected chair of the organisation and Eva Lieber vice-chair. The other members of the new board are: Mathieu Fichter, Ibolya Mile, Mira Nesheva, Lia Potec, Ondra Pravda,  Fabrício Santos and Claus Schultze. I wish the new board and its new chair/vice-chair all the best for their mandate.  Continue reading Generation 2004 has a new elected board and chair

Meeting with Commissioner Oettinger

On 30 April, Guenther OETTINGER, Commissioner for Budget & Human Resources, invited trade unions and staff representatives to discuss some very hot topics:

  • Future reform of the Staff Regulations;
  • impact of Brexit on the 2019 and 2020 budgets;
  • MFF negotiations;
  • results of the Staff (lack-of-) Satisfaction Survey; and,
  • geographical unbalance in recruitment.

Continue reading Meeting with Commissioner Oettinger

Generation 2004’s Contract Agents’ NEW initiative to get rid of inequality in the EU Workplace

Having in mind the current wave of Euroscepticism, at Generation 2004 we believe it is time to defend the ‘European project’ and a common political agreement that fosters equal treatment between all staff categories. On the 4th of April 2019 Generation 2004 took the initiative to call for an “inter-syndical” meeting with all trade unions and staff organisations in order to discuss the situation of post-2004 staff in the EC. Generation 2004 not only organised this “inter-syndical” meeting, but made a point of being represented by several elected contract agents. Continue reading Generation 2004’s Contract Agents’ NEW initiative to get rid of inequality in the EU Workplace

DG BUDG: the return of the collaborative workspace fad

Colleagues at DG BUDG are the latest victims of yet another Commission fait-accompli collaborative workspace project.

The administration arguments for the project are the usual promotion of communication between colleagues and enhancing collaboration and teamwork in the services. However, if on one side some jobs may benefit from such type of workspace, forcing it down the throats of everyone and without providing a strong rationale, makes us believe that this is just another cost reduction exercise to be pushed on staff at any cost and under no matter which pretext. Continue reading DG BUDG: the return of the collaborative workspace fad

Reimbursement scheme for public transport expenses in Commission Representations

In the framework of the position of the Brussels Local Staff Committee (LSC) approved in March 2018 regarding the future mobility in the Brussels-Capital region, based on a request by Generation 2004, a separate chapter dedicated to EC Representations was added. Staff in the Commission Representations falls under the competence of the LSC, thus the Commission should assure equal treatment of colleagues regardless of their place of work. In many Representations parking spaces are very limited, therefore, the LSC called upon the inclusion of the Representation colleagues into the reimbursement scheme for the public transport cost to come to work and to provide all Representations with service bikes. Continue reading Reimbursement scheme for public transport expenses in Commission Representations

Generation 2004’s position on pensions

As explained in our campaign manifesto, Generation 2004 defends the EU civil service but with a difference: we do not aim to defend the acquired rights at all costs. Instead we are in favour of equal pay for equal work. We do not want to open the Staff Regulations –although we have no doubt that this will happen again – but we try to promote concrete and realistic measures to go towards a more egalitarian treatment of all staff and pensioners. Continue reading Generation 2004’s position on pensions

European schools: Finally a small step in the right direction

It looks like our wishes have been heard and our concerns addressed.

In our last newsletter, we addressed the issues on management of teacher recruitments in European Schools.

We were happy to see in a recently published article in Commission Direct that at least one person took the issue seriously. Thank you for that Mr Oettinger, we appreciated the effort. However, we would really like to see the results on the ground, as soon as possible, and please keep in mind Generation 2004 is always ready to help.

In connection with  already mentioned above that  Generation 2004 is addressing with the specific to BREXIT issues is UK contribution to the European School System.

Well the UK Department for Education confirmed the common understanding that, in case of a no-deal Brexit the UK will continue to contribute to the European School system by seconding teachers, national inspectors and providing necessary national experts for the organisation of  European Baccalaureate till the end of school year 2019/2020.

At the same time we have the  assurances that the UK will recognise the European Baccalaureate automatically if the European Baccalaureate is acquired before 31 August 2020. The same is with the rights to be admitted to any of the UK University under the condition that the European Baccalaureate is issued before same date. What happens after is a million pound question however at least seconded teachers for now are no longer under “at risk of redundancy” status.


Promotion exercise 2019 – Where are we?

As you probably already know the yearly appraisal exercise is over and now it is time to talk about promotions. Well, at the moment we are at the stage where the staff representatives are “discussing” draft promotion lists with Directors General. We put “discussion” in quotes because some discussions are in fact not a real discussions but more information sessions.  But it all depends on the individual General Directors if they are willing to discuss or not. Continue reading Promotion exercise 2019 – Where are we?

Is HR modernising itself?

Last month during an information session on the HR reform, DG HR tried to sound convincing in that it has been successfully self-modernised and that the new AMC’s and BC’s structure is working rather well. But, is it?

Reality is somewhat different. Generation 2004  receives more and more inquiries on HR related topics, as they seem not to be well enough informed or helped with. Continue reading Is HR modernising itself?