Contract Agents

Advocacy bearing fruit: administration boosts reclassification quotas

We are happy to announce that in response to our note and collective effort with the central staff committee (CSC), HR has finally taken a significant step forward in improving the career prospects of contact agents (CA) engaged under Article 3a of the Conditions of Employment of Other servants (CEOS)[1]. The quotas available to promote (’reclassify’) CA3a staff are to increase. Continue reading Advocacy bearing fruit: administration boosts reclassification quotas

More missing contributions for a pension transfer-in

While it is possible to take your pensions contributions from national systems and put them into the pension scheme of the European Union institutions (PSEUI), this is often a long-drawn-out process and it can be rather opaque. We recently highlighted the general exclusion of Member State ‘gifted’ contributions (e.g. covering times of military service or caring duties) from transfers-in and of a failed court case to try to recover the contributions where their inclusion made no difference. Now we cover a further potential complication which is delays in Member States doing their part in this process. Continue reading More missing contributions for a pension transfer-in

Please take action: European Parliament petition in support of Contract Agents

*Update 29.01.2024, the petition has been closed with no clear follow-up. We have contacted the Parliament for clarification.* Original article: Please sign the European Parliament (EP) Contract Agent petition: let’s make some noise!  Petition No 0117/2021 has been on the go since 2021 and needs your input to keep moving! Let’s make a push in this, a brand new year, to get as many signatures as possible! The issues listed are as relevant today as they were when the petition was first opened: there has been no meaningful improvement. Please don’t let this action disappear through lack of support, we need momentum! This petition is open to everyone everywhere: let’s show our solidarity! Please register at the EP website and sign the petition there. Share this petition anywhere you can, we need to get those numbers up!

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Echoes of unhappiness

*Update 08.03.2024: do women have fewer promotable tasks i.e. are women spending time and energy on less-valued jobs? What are your thoughts?* taking on disproportionately In our Newsletter (10.10.2023), we announced a survey for assistant (AST), secretary/clerk (AST/SC), Contract Agent (CA) or Temporary agent (TA). The survey is now closed, and we thank the 1581 colleagues who contributed. We present here our preliminary results and will follow up in more detail in a later edition of our newsletter. The majority of respondents were ASTs and CAs, female colleagues, mainly from 40- to 60-year-old, based in Brussels/Commission.  

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Your career matters to us – Answer the Survey & help us help you!

Are you an assistant (AST), secretary/clerk (AST/SC)[1], Contract Agent (CA) or Temporary agent (TA)?
As the representative body for all staff, it is our mission to ensure that you have the information you need to make informed choices and to ensure that your expertise, roles, and opportunities for growth are recognised and valued in a fair and equitable manner. 

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One more pension pitfall, or how the Commission fails to keep up

*Update 11.10.2023: we have added details on how national systems deal with time in EU service and also on military service: many thanks to the colleagues who highlighted these situations to us. It is much appreciated.* Original article: It’s been some time now (in many cases decades) since it became possible to have pension contributions made on your behalf in many Member States while you are not working. These ‘gifted’ contributions might cover periods of long-term sickness, of unemployment, military service[1] or of caring responsibilities, depending on the national authority. Continue reading One more pension pitfall, or how the Commission fails to keep up

Making informed decisions: Luxembourg

*Update 12.04.2024 the Commission now commits certain new Luxembourg recruits to completing a minimum stay of several years while simultaneously trying to push Luxembourg as an attractive place to work (Student Ambassadors) and without addressing  any  the outstanding 12 actions.*

Original article: Have you considered that your competition may include roles in Luxembourg? Continue reading Making informed decisions: Luxembourg

The institutions implement the Picard judgement – sort of … FAQ

*Update 11.04.2024 we have received a response to our September 2023 note[*] on the application of the Picard judgement: see the new internal Commission Directive announced there: HR states their belief there that ‘case law requires the administration to interpret and apply the judgment in a narrow manner’ but does mention the option of challenging individual cases via Article 90(2).*

Original article: In April, we informed you during a lunchtime conference about the judgement in the Picard case and its far-reaching consequences for (former) contract agents (CAs) and temporary agents (TAs) or more precisely: staff that were previously covered by the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (CEOS). Continue reading The institutions implement the Picard judgement – sort of … FAQ

Be aware of lost money for a pension transfer-in

*Update 16.11.2023 Spain is obliged to pay the state pension contributions for paternity leave* *Update 09.08.2023 check out the unsuccessful attempt by colleagues to have a refund of the amount of pension rights not taken into account (04/05/2023 – KY v Cour de justice de l’UE Case C-100/22 P).* Original article: Are you (relatively) new in the institutions? Have you worked somewhere else before and acquired pension rights in another pension scheme? Then you have surely heard about the possibilities to transfer your pension rights from your previous scheme into the EU pension scheme, a so called “transfer-in”.

In an older article, we already informed you about the conversion coefficients that play a crucial role in determining how many years Continue reading Be aware of lost money for a pension transfer-in

Generation 2004 supports staff in agencies

The staff of the Executive Agencies of the European Commission (currently CINEA, EACEA, HADEA, Eismea, ERCEA and REA) have seen their working conditions deteriorate over the years.[1] Colleagues in the agencies are facing staff reductions while the budgets that they manage increase regularly. All this in a context of precariousness and limited career and mobility possibilities! Continue reading Generation 2004 supports staff in agencies