What is staff representation and how does it function in the Commission?

The Staff Regulations are the legal basis for the establishment of the Staff Committee, as a recognised 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 Central Staff Committee is the statutory body responsible for representing the interests of all staff of the Commission in all sites. 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. So-called Joint Committees, bodies constituted by the administration and the staff committee in parity, deal with many of these issues. Currently, the General Secretary of the SCS is a Generation 2004 member.

The Local Staff Committees that exist at the different sites of the Commission ensure the protection of your interests and rights locally in relation to: conditions of the buildings and offices in which we work (including open plan offices), training, leisure and sports clubs, restaurants, security and hygiene, kindergarten, after-school facilities and the European schools.  The LSC submits suggestions directly to the administration on the organisation and operation of the services provided to staff, the improvement of staff working conditions as well as on general living conditions.