Contract Agents

Generation 2004 is hiring!

*Deadline for application: Friday 20 January 2023 16.00 CET.*

Generation 2004 is the largest staff organisation in the Commission. We are a dynamic and motivated team of 16 colleagues who are highly committed to supporting staff in all HR-related matters. We are looking for a motivated colleague to join us. This would be a full-time job where you will be seconded from your service to Generation 2004.  Continue reading Generation 2004 is hiring!

Promotion/reclassification exercises 2022

As happens every year, the promotion (officials) and reclassification (contract agents) exercises end with the publication of the final lists (officials and Contract Agents). The list for local agents in Delegations and Representations is normally published around 4 working days later. If your name is on the list you will be promoted/reclassified (changes will be visible in your December 2022 payslip (together with the 4.5% salary increase backdated to July 2022)) and Generation 2004 would like to warmly congratulate you. Continue reading Promotion/reclassification exercises 2022

When is an upgrade not an upgrade? An update on the Picard case

*Update 19.12.2022 C-366/21 P was successful! Well done to everyone involved! Here’s an external evaluation of the case.* Legally speaking, is a contract renewal really a contract renewal? Is a second (or subsequent) contract considered to be a new stand-alone agreement or is it a continuation of an already-existing agreement? Given that contract agents (CAs) are now 25% of Commission staff [1] and will all require at least one contract renewal if they are to have their maximum (6 years plus the ‘unicorn’ year), the outcome of the long-drawn-out Picard case (T-769/16) affects a growing number of colleagues. This is particularly important in the context of long-standing rumours on the Continue reading When is an upgrade not an upgrade? An update on the Picard case

The Contract Agent petition is still open: you can still register and sign!

The European Parliament (EP), accepting our petition No. 0117/2021 on the contract agent (CA) precariat in the European Commission, asked the Commission for more explanations on the CA work situation. We’ve received a surprising reply with standard arguments (see ‘notice to members’). As a result, we want to relaunch our petition now, showing our reasoning, making our arguments even more specific than ever before! Continue reading The Contract Agent petition is still open: you can still register and sign!

Contract Agents: what does the future hold?

*The presentations from previous events can be found at the bottom of this article.*

Generation 2004, the only staff organisation with all representative staff categories in its team, is here to listen to you and your concerns and to develop together with you our positions on many work- and well-being-at-work- related issues. The Generation 2004 team has made a solid contribution to defend the interests of Contract Agents (CAs), the category of staff with the most uncertain future. Continue reading Contract Agents: what does the future hold?

Generation 2004 is hiring a Brussels-based IT specialist

*Deadline for application: Friday 23 September 2022 23.59 CET.*

Generation 2004, the largest staff organisation in the Commission, is looking for a motivated colleague to reinforce our team in Brussels. It is a full-time job where you will be seconded from your service to Generation 2004. Please beware that the colleague selected must already be placed in Brussels.

If you are employed in the Commission as an official (administrator (AD), assistant (AST) or secretary/clerk (AST/SC)), as a Contract Agent (CA) or as a Temporary Agent (TA), you can apply for the job! Continue reading Generation 2004 is hiring a Brussels-based IT specialist

Update on our AST/SC petition to the European Parliament

Unfortunately our petition No. 1243/2021 to stop the unfair treatment of AST/SC staff is no longer making progress at the European Parliament. While this AST/SC petition is stopped, our petition on Contract Agents is still live so, if you haven’t done so already, please add your signature! The EP does not allow us to transfer signatures, so even if you signed the original petition please also sign the one at the EP: add your voice to the others already there! Continue reading Update on our AST/SC petition to the European Parliament

Contract Agents are frustrated! Here is why!

EPSO CAST vs. CAST PERMANENT 

One of the reasons for frustration of Contract Agents (CA) happens even before they are hired (i.e., during the recruitment phase). 

The CAST PERMANENT is a selection tool that was introduced in 2017. Permanent means that there is no deadline, so candidates can submit applications at any time.  Continue reading Contract Agents are frustrated! Here is why!

Internal competitions – fast careers… for some

Although Generation 2004 welcomes the planning of the upcoming internal competitions, we must regret that DG HR failed, yet again, to listen to its staff and to the staff representation.  

Let us have a close look at this planning promising to “create opportunities for faster careers within each function group for many officials” and to retain “in-house talent (temporary and contract staff)”.  Continue reading Internal competitions – fast careers… for some

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