Trade unions and staff associations (TUs&SAs) representing almost three quarters of staff in Luxembourg but having a minority (30% of seats) in the current the Local Staff Committee (mandate 2016-19) are convinced: The electoral system must be changed towards a proportional distribution of seats. A proportional seat distribution is necessary to revive true discussion and consensus-finding among the plurality of opinions as well as the possibility to bring in new ideas to the Local Staff Committee (LSC) by all members. Continue reading The electoral system of the Luxembourg LSC is flawed and should be changed!!!
About two weeks ago Generation 2004, in close cooperation with a couple of colleagues from DG COMM’s EC Representations, launched a short survey on rotation and mobility in DG COMM. Thanks to all responders, mainly from Representations (94%), not only we are now sure the system needs to change, but we also know what are the most pressing issues DG COMM staff working in the EC Representations faces today. Continue reading DG COMM staff expresses its opinion on rotation and mobility
Several rounds of bilateral discussions have been held over the last few months between the Directors of the six Executive Agencies (EAs) and the trade unions and staff associations (TUs&SAs) as well as between the latter and the EAs Staff Committees (SCs) with the objective of paving the way for the introduction of the long-awaited social dialogue in the EAs. Recently, on 19th June, representatives of all three groups of stakeholders (EAs Directors, EAs SCs and TUs&SAs) sat around the same table for the first time, although EAs SCs were invited only as observers and at the very last minute. Continue reading Social Dialogue in the Executive Agencies: A state of play.
In 2016, a retired official of the European Parliament (EP) and a member of our Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS), took nine sessions of oxygenation therapy at the CHEM medical center in Esch-sur-Alzette and was charged 5.600€. For Luxembourg nationals, who are members of the “Caisse nationale de santé luxembourgeoise” (CNS) these treatments are free of charge. Our retired colleague appealed to JSIS for protection against this discrimination. Instead of supporting him, JSIS said the charges were fair under the 1996 convention between hospitals of Luxembourg on one side and the Commission and EIB on the other. It asked him to pay 843.01€ as his 15% share of the CHEM treatment bill. He then filed an Article 90 complaint with the EP and when that was rejected took his case to Court of Justice of the European Union (CdJ). Continue reading The End of 23 Years of Institutional Illegality
Recently, a local trade union from Luxembourg disseminated information referring to supposedly extremely reliable sources that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had informed the Representative of the European Commission last month of its wish to see a correction coefficient introduced for Luxembourg. An official request by the Cabinet of the Luxembourg Government was due for adoption and sent to the European Commission. This would mean a split off from Belgium and a change to the Annex XI of the Staff Regulations of the European Civil Service. Continue reading Is the Luxembourgish government asking for the opening of the Staff Regulations?
Every student of the 5th grade at the European Schools must do two weeks of internship at an organization or company of their choice. For the first time Generation 2004 took on board one such student, Elyas Dinart, who has an interest in HR. Here are a few words from Elyas: Continue reading Generation 2004 takes a European Schools student for an internship
Demonstration in front of the EC Representation, issue with the temperature in the office, accessibility for the people with reduced mobility… These are just few of the many, which briefly describe the health and safety of the working environment of the staff outside of Brussels. This was the subject of the Local Staff Committee Brussels (LSC) plenary session of 11 June 2019 which hosted: Continue reading DG COMM presents Health and safety in the EC Representations at the LSC Brussels
With this article, we start a series of short articles about our health insurance system and the existing possibilities for supplementary health insurance. We do not recommend any specific insurance and, after reading the articles, you might conclude that you do not need anything more than the standard Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS) coverage. However, we want to enable you to make an informed decision. Continue reading External health insurance as a supplement to JSIS
It goes without saying that if one needs a speech therapist or a psychologist a native speaker would be preferable. However, not all of them are registered in the place of employment (Belgium, Luxembourg etc.). Until recently, it has been a great issue for many colleagues to get those services reimbursed from the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS) if the service provider would issue foreign invoices indicating the place of service the place of employment or who would not be registered in the place of employment. Continue reading Reimbursement of speech therapy or psychologists – a long lasting battle
EU staff members and their families are covered by a sickness insurance scheme, known as the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (‘JSIS’). In October 2015, following a review conducted under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (‘UNCRPD’), the UN Committee recommended that the European Union should revise the JSIS so as to comprehensively cover disability-related health needs in a manner compliant with the Convention.
This inquiry focused primarily on the criteria used by the JSIS for the recognition of “serious illnesses” in relation to disabilities. This issue has important implications for persons with disabilities since medical costs are fully reimbursed only if the illness being treated is classified as “serious”. Continue reading Medical coverage for disabled staff