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A Day in the Life: Contract Agent in a Delegation

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A Day in the Life

Contract Agent (CA) in a Delegation


At 9.00 this morning I met with the Chief of the National Police to discuss the implementation of a 5 million euros support project on data communication. At 10.30 I co- chaired a Working Group meeting on Anticorruption Strategies at the Council of Minister’s office.

At 11.30 I revised the chapters on Security policy and Money Laundering for the preparation of the Opinion on the candidate status of the country I am posted in, and sent it to the relevant desks in Headquarters.

At 12.30 I met with an international organization to fine-tune a Grant Agreement Action, revised the budget, prepared the Special Conditions, and started encoding the contract in CRIS. After lunch I participated to the Internal Market Subcommitee between the Commission and the Government, and when back to the office I revised Technical Specifications for the supply of patrol boats for the Maritime Police.

Then I dealt with emails related to the preparation of a conference on Mine Action, then met two of our Teamleaders to discuss progress on respective projects, and prepared a brief for the HoD on Security Sector Reform.

At 17.30 I updated my archives, then met with the Head of OPS to brief him on the status of all projects in my portfolio. By 18.30 I was able to go home relatively satisfied with how the day went.

I forgot to say that it was Friday, and I had to make sure I did not forget anything in the office, because CAs are not allowed inside the premises of the Delegation on weekends: only Officials are, the logic being that CAs are considered external staff and don’t perform core functions for the Commission.

This weekend, the Charge’ d’Affaires a.i is one of the finance officers, an AST (ex-C) and for sure I don’t want to disturb him to let me in on a Saturday morning. Lucky guy- he hit the jackpot when he was recruited as a handyman (Temporary Agent in an Agency) so he could sit the internal concours.

Oh I also forgot to tell you- in the morning I had to go to the bank and withdraw money to pay the rent, which I had to transfer in from my Belgian account for a small fee. I will get it reimbursed in three weeks time. Luckily, after almost three years in the Commission, my Head of Admin informed me that perhaps finally the administration will take over the issue of accommodation for CAs and I won’t have to run around after my landlord or spend bank transfer fees. And perhaps, in the next Delegation, I won’t have to anticipate three months of rent out of my own pocket like when I joined.

I feel glad because this morning my trade Union has finally reached an historic result: CAs will be granted the same brand of mosquito nets and generators which is afforded to Officials serving in tropical areas. That will be most useful when I will relocate for the 6th time to Sub-Saharan? Africa: Delegation CAs are not allowed back to Europe, and the only post I could find through the CA message board was there- there is no official rotation policy nor published posts on the Intranet unfortunately.

Perhaps when I get there, I’ll find a 26 years old Head of Section recruited directly from the reserve lists who will sympathize with our cause and formally assign one colleague to assist me in my portfolio. So far, it’s been made very clear that only Officials can manage staff and you have to rely on the good will of colleagues. CAs cannot attain jobs which are only reserved to Officials, because they passed a Concours and not the EPSO test, three subsequent contracts, minimum scores for being granted an indefinite duration contract, and a third language proficiency test.

Yes- life in Coalmines is much harder than this, and in times of economic crises one should be happy to have a job at all. But perhaps when my daughter and I will compete for the same AD-5 concours as external candidates (stupid me, after all these years working for the Commission I still can’t find out what is the projected percentage of Polish potates market increase in less than one minute…I can’t attend internal competitions..), I may start questioning myself on whether it was all worth it and whether a career a Commission “3b” Contract Agent has proven to be an investment proportionate to what I had to sacrifice to do the job I always wanted to do.


S olidarity with those who work for their money
I ndependence from those who don't
D emocracy in all decisions taken by groups of sane, adult humans


SID - Solidarity, Independence, Democracy is an independent Trade Union of all EU Institutions employees (Je souhaite adhérer au SID…)

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