Laissez-passer renewal unnecessarily complicated and expensive?

Generation 2004 has been contacted by many colleagues serving outside the territory of the European Union regarding the issue of renewing their service passport (‘laissez-passer’ (LP)). While for the issuing of this document (e.g. for a new start in a new country (‘posting’)) the associated travel costs are met by the services, the same is not true for the renewal. Continue reading Laissez-passer renewal unnecessarily complicated and expensive?

Help! My languages are in the wrong order!

*Update 10.01.2023 check out HR report 2020, p. 94: these court cases this stopped EPSO from limiting external competitions to the 3 procedural languages. Could this be of use?* *Update 22.12.2022, HR refused many of the requests to change language order, but provided no legal basis for doing so. We saw only ‘administrative practice’ or an unidentified distinction between Temporary Agents (TAs) and officials cited as reasons. We are preparing an Article 90(2) template for you to challenge the refusal (this could be important for future competitions). The text is written and is being reviewed by those with legal training. There is no rush, you have up to 3 months submit the paperwork.*

Continue reading Help! My languages are in the wrong order!

A new publication: workplace bullying and harassment

*18.01.2023 thanks to the colleague who drew our attention to a new tool available (in French only) in Belgium.*

*Update 21.12.2022 HR have shared the first draft of the new anti-harassment framework at 15:17 today, the second-last working day of the year, with a plan to (re)start the corresponding social dialogue (SD) 12.01.2023.

Our colleagues in the Harassment Watch Network (HWN) have published yet another study on bullying at the Commission, this time a collection of personal stories recounting the toxic situations lived and endured by our co-workers, our team mates, our collaborators. As mentioned in our recent event on this topic: we’d like to see the real-life examples presented in  My Commission Calvary: Testimonies of harassment at the European Commission put through the forthcoming new anti-harassment framework (decision, action plan and guide, 25.10.2022 summary) to ensure it deals with them better than the current decision C(2006) 1624/3, because if the new decision is not significantly better than the 2006 edition, what is the point? Continue reading A new publication: workplace bullying and harassment

Thank you Luxembourg!

Thank you for placing your trust in us! This has been a remarkable election: it has finished on time, meeting the original deadline without any need for an extension and it’s the first time that a woman-led couple has been the most elected in any Luxembourg election in living memory! Luxembourg, you are awesome! The result is even more meaningful in this, a very special year: we are celebrating our 10-year anniversary. Continue reading Thank you Luxembourg!

End of year checklist: December 2022

We encourage you to rest and to recharge your batteries during the end-of-year days: this is not an opportunity to get work done!  Please, as far as you can, switch off your devices, mute notifications and disconnect: take the time for you.  Why not already schedule your out-of-the-office message in Outlook today? It’s one thing you can score off your end-of-year ‘to do’ list. We present a list of suggestions here in no particular order. Please feel free to get in touch to add to this list if you’d like to share what works for you!

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2023 appraisal and promotion/reclassification exercises conference

*Update 27.01.2023, we assisted 274 colleagues with their evaluation text. The link to register is no longer functional: if you still want some help, please email us.*

*Update 12.01.2023, the reclassification exercise has started.

We found one more reason not to use the new option of transferring the report from the previous year: ad hoc input from panels and committees might need to be updated and the transfer does not allow for any modifications.

Also, here is the guidance that used to be available within sysper for the first 3 sections of the appraisal (please use Firefox or Edge). * Continue reading 2023 appraisal and promotion/reclassification exercises conference

High time for the Commission to show flexibility!

*Update 14.12.2022 list of buildings closed Dec/Jan* We, the Commission staff, have shown (and continue to show) outstanding flexibility, especially during the recent crises: whether that’s the pandemic and the lockdowns, war in Ukraine, energy resources or skyrocketing inflation. In spite of all this and the exceptional workload these crises created for many DGs, staff made every possible effort to continue to deliver business continuity in the interest of the European people we serve.  Continue reading High time for the Commission to show flexibility!

Internal competitions: AST/SC2, AST2, AD6, 7, 9, 12

Generation 2004 in cooperation with the company YSE will offer a  workshop-webinar on the application process for internal competitions  (AST/SC2, AST2, AD6, AD7, AD9, AD12). We will focus on practical aspects of the application, work experience requirements, tips for the talent for those competitions which have it and the most common mistakes done by the candidates.   At the end, micros will be open for your questions. Continue reading Internal competitions: AST/SC2, AST2, AD6, 7, 9, 12

Staff Committee Elections in Luxembourg – please vote!

*Thank you Luxembourg! The elections are over! You reached the quorum! Thanks! Results published 07.12.2022.*

Voting has started in Luxembourg for the elections to the local staff committee (LSC), this is your local staff representative parliament. Each of the 5 lists on the ballot is either an OSP or a grouping of OSPs. Each list is a bit like political parties or groupings in national elections and parliaments. If you have not voted yet, please check our guide to vote video. Of course, Generation 2004 is participating in these elections – we are list 5. If you know our work AND you consider that this is enough information for you to vote for us, please go ahead. At which point we wish you a nice day and you can stop reading 🙂 Continue reading Staff Committee Elections in Luxembourg – please vote!

Phone lines: the option exists!

Our manifesto wish  came true: we now have a direct phone number for HR to complement those which already exist for the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS) and the Office for the Administration and Payment of Individual Entitlements (PMO). Continue reading Phone lines: the option exists!