Staff representation and its functioning in the European Commission

Are you sure that you know what is staff representation and how does it function in the Commission?

Do you know that during the 2015-2018 mandate the President of the Brussels Local Staff Committee (LSC), Mr Łukasz Wardyn as well as the General Secretary of the LSC, Ms Paola Pagliarulo and the General Secretary of the Central Staff Committee (CSC), Ms Lorella Cattaruzza are Generation 2004 members?

The Staff Regulations are the legal basis for the establishment of the Staff Committee as a recognized body, to represent staff vis-à-vis their employer. The Staff Committee composition is a result of elections where several staff representative organisations (trade unions and staff associations) compete for the votes of all staff every three years.

The Brussels Local Staff Committee is composed of 27 elected and alternate members and it is the largest European Commission Local Committee (+/- 70% of staff), representing more than 22.000 officials and other agents of the European Commission in Brussels.

The LSC is your local section that ensures the protection of your interest and rights in relation to: conditions of the buildings and offices in which we work (including open plan offices), training, over 40 leisure and sports clubs, restaurants, security and hygiene, kindergarten, after-school facilities and European school by collaborating with the administration of the Commission. The LSC submits suggestions directly to the administration on the organisation and operation of the services, the improvement of staff working conditions as well as on general living conditions.

The Central Staff Committee is the statutory body responsible for representing the interests of all staff of the institutions in all 9 sites (Brussels, Luxembourg, Ispra, Sevilla, Karlsruhe, Petten, Geel, France and Outside the Union). The CSC advises and discusses with the Commission administration almost all issues related to the application of rules on careers, working conditions and social policy. These include inter alia promotions, social policy, invalidity, discipline, incompetence, leave on personal grounds, sickness insurance, training, equal opportunities. It is responsible for appointing members to inter-institutional Joint Committees, such as the Staff Regulations Committee and the Medical Insurance Management Committee but also Promotion Committee responsible for all the appeals as well as committees, which handle the affairs of staff throughout the institution, such as the CSC on Equal Opportunities.

In the next Newsletter you will receive more insights about the activities and achievements of G2004 in the staff representation.

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