Catch-22: Do as I say, not as I do

Here is a good example for a Catch-22 situationStaff on fixed-term contracts excluded from potential roles due to their fixed-term contracts. 

Generation 2004 again challenges the unequal treatment of staff, this time coming from what would ideally be the most unlikely of sources, the Local Staff Committee (LSC) in Brussels, which refused to interview those candidates who had ‘only a year left’ before hitting the arbitrary 7-year rule for their recent vacant post since it would be a ‘waste of time’. It is most unfortunate that an LSC would choose not to lead by example, choose not to seize this opportunity to take action and fulfil their declared responsibility to ‘represent the interests of the staff ’. But what can we expect from from U4U and Alliance (R&D, TAO, SFE and SE), a coalition representing the interests of the already-relatively-well-looked-after?   Continue reading Catch-22: Do as I say, not as I do

A perfect storm of change: more staff made available to process PMO file updates for Belgian family allowance

Belgian-based parents: update your family-allowance information

Generation 2004 has received confirmation from the PMO that they are increasing the resources allocated to the family-allowances calculating team as we requested and we’re promised that this should be visible to those still awaiting a response within weeks: let us know whether this is indeed your experience!   Continue reading A perfect storm of change: more staff made available to process PMO file updates for Belgian family allowance

New HR Strategy – Modernisation or opportunism? The European Green Deal and the multi-annual financial framework (MFF)

Contrary to what we might expect during the COVID-19 health crisis, DG HR is moving forward with its “new HR strategy” regardless. Although for Generation 2004 it is unclear what the concrete improvements of the previous HR reform launched by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva were: the most visible outcome was the creation of centralised AMCs. According to DG HR, the past staff surveys should provide quite a good understanding of that HR reform: now that is an innovative way to do an assessment of a policy, one could say. Continue reading New HR Strategy – Modernisation or opportunism? The European Green Deal and the multi-annual financial framework (MFF)

COVID-19: Return to office put on hold

Generation 2004 continues to closely monitor the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our institution and our working conditions. In the last two weeks we have had two meetings with DG HR to discuss all the issues related to the pandemic and the way forward. Generation 2004 stated that the return should only happen when the pandemic situation improved: when there was a lower possibility of contagion. Continue reading COVID-19: Return to office put on hold

Avoiding surprises with JSIS when choosing a psychotherapist

While we hope that our readers will never need a psychotherapist, the sad reality is that a certain number of colleagues need to consult them. However, there are some points to consider when choosing a therapist as regards subsequent reimbursement by JSIS.

Firstly and importantly, a psychotherapy needs prior approval. If you start the therapy sessions before having obtained the prior approval, JSIS will not reimburse these sessions. Even if the prior approval is finally granted, JSIS will only reimburse sessions that happened after the prior approval! Continue reading Avoiding surprises with JSIS when choosing a psychotherapist

Do you want to prevent burnout?

Generation 2004 is organising a coaching laboratory on burnout prevention and well-being, in collaboration with a colleague with experience in this field.

  • Do you work in a complex environment and have to deal with difficult situations?
  • You want to make the difference between the professional and private sphere and you do not know how to do it?
  • Your health is the priority… and you do not know how to protect it? Continue reading Do you want to prevent burnout?

Approaching deadline: don’t miss out on Commission repayment of exceptional education costs

Closing date for applications (and reapplications!) is 15 November 2020.

Even where a child is not attending a European School, there are still circumstances where the Commission can contribute to the education costs (primary and secondary levels), such as where the reason for the child attending another school is educational difficulties, timing concerns or geographical issues: check out the application form for specifics. Continue reading Approaching deadline: don’t miss out on Commission repayment of exceptional education costs

‘Full-time attendance at an educational establishment’: what counts?

Attention all parents! For the education allowance we now have specific minimum measurements for what qualifies as full-time attendance at an educational establishment: check out whether and how this affects you!

Why is this significant?

The payment of the education allowance is dependent on children’s ‘regular full-time attendance’, without specifying the number of hours or credits required to meet this criteria. Continue reading ‘Full-time attendance at an educational establishment’: what counts?