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Negotiations and Other Hallucinations


Mr ŠEFČOVIČ email "Proposed Changes to the Staff Regulations" (see below) to everybody of November 7th shows signs of cognitive inconsistency. On the on hand there is the "large number" of staff that participated in the reform debate, on the other we read that "Together with my services, I have explored all possibilities based on the remarks of staff, their representatives, and the other Institutions." That cannot be entirely right because Human Resources does not anywhere near the people to do all that thorough exploring. Well, at least we are not being told openly where our remarks have been flushed to.

Some of us, including SID, have begun to participate in the "uncut" and "indignant" movements . The outlook for forty thousand isolated EU workers appears gloomy, but we can alter the odds of success in our favour by getting as deeply involved in these social movements as we can. In turn, our insight into the structures and functions of the EU will help to make them more sophisticated. Those are two of the reasons for efforts to narrow down our communications as much as constitutional law will allow.

Those unions who have accepted the taxpayers' money, graciously provided to them by the Commission via the Framework Agreement are disturbed by the Vice President's gentlemanly brush off. After all, this could be the beginning of the end of their subsidies. But if we look beyond the financially generous Commission, to the European Parliament's website we can read (at page 28 of the EN pdf); "The initial expression of a civil service governed by regulations is the unilateral determination of the legal rules applicable to staff. It is the legislature which independently establishes the provisions that will govern the work situation of officials." This looks a bit shocking at first, but Professor Fuentetaja should be thanked for expressing the miserable truth so clearly. It is also the kind of thinking that fuels SID's obsession with Parliamentary petitions.

Can it be that only SID has understood Professor Fuentetaja simple message? That would explain why it alone launches official petitions to the European Parliament, while subsidized unions, with enough money to hire the Professor, blindly send their petitions to the very same Commissioners who decided to impose unfair decisions in the first place, as though hoping that the Kinnock Reform was just one big misunderstanding. Or maybe they feel that they cannot afford to by pass one of their paymasters. More than that; some unions have collected thousands of signature on petitions that were addressed to no one in particular. And that is exactly who will react.

It needs to be repeated; the clever negotiating ploys of the big unions have fallen on the wide open ears of Mr. ŠEFČOVIČ and have provided him with loads of inspiration as he sincerely assures us. Meanwhile, SID's modest EP Petition 192(2009) (see video starting 18:29) is on its way from the Petitions committee to Legal Affairs (that boring old committee that writes our Staff Regulations) and the Save 2000 Jobs Petition is following along in the pipeline.

Those readers who have yet to sign the Save 2000 Jobs Petition and pass the link on to their circle of relatives, friends, acquaintences, neighbors, colleagues. It is obvious that 2 000 saved posts will benefit us workers by preventing an unpaid extra 5% increase in our workload. It is good for all of Europe, which needs more jobs and a better public service. In fact, a well governed Europe will benefit rest of the planet, so sign up.

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Proposed Changes to the Staff Regulations


Dear Colleagues,
I have today met with staff representatives to discuss, at political level, the proposed changes to the Staff Regulations. My personal involvement is part of an ongoing process of genuine consultation with trade union colleagues and not, as recent e-mails may have suggested, an attempt to break the social dialogue. Six months on from the start of the negotiation process, I would like to take the opportunity to update you on developments in this area and to provide some additional information and reaction on two other important subjects.
As you may know, the day after the announcement of the proposed changes in late June, the President and I met with staff representatives to present the draft proposals. This was the official launch of the discussions with trade unions. Since then, 14 meetings have been organised at different levels – around 60 hours of discussion, negotiation and exchange of views. These meetings have provided a unique opportunity for an extensive exchange of views between DG HR and all the trade unions on the draft proposals, enabling participants to identify areas on which agreement could be found and propose those topics requiring discussion at political concertation level. I want to underline that we have had the presence not only of Commission trade unions but also staff representatives from other Institutions and Agencies and representatives of retired staff. I have been regularly debriefed on the positions expressed in these meetings and I have to say that I appreciated the quality of the discussions. The minutes of these meetings are available on the Staff Regulations website, so that everyone can follow the consultation process to date.
In addition to making the minutes of the meetings available to all, I was happy to see a large number of staff making use of the online forum. It has been interesting to read the reactions from staff and also the great range of opinions expressed in the forum. I also received a number of letters from individuals and groups of officials which made it clear how important this issue is to all of you. I would like to thank everybody who took the time to post their comments. I am also glad that we have been able to clear up some misunderstandings concerning the draft proposals and to read some new proposals that go far beyond what is covered by the Staff Regulations.
Together with my services, I have explored all possibilities based on the remarks of staff, their representatives, and the other Institutions. I am particularly aware of the importance of the proposed changes in the area of careers. Staff representatives have put forward some counter-proposals, which I am ready to examine both at my level and with the appropriate technical expertise in DG HR. If we remain within the boundaries of our budgetary estimates, and we move quickly, then maybe we can come to an agreement or, at least, bring our positions closer together.
The current financial and economic crisis puts even more pressure on us to move quickly and to provide an appropriate, strong, and quick response, in line with what I am aware is an ambitious calendar. As I stated in June, I believe that we should shape the debate ourselves and not be led by others. That is why I chose to start the dialogue at the political level now, so that we can be in a position to put a formal proposal on the table as soon as possible before Christmas.
Another important issue for everyone at this time of the year is the annual salary adjustment. This year’s adjustment may prove difficult, as the Council has made a formal request to the Commission not to apply the method this year and to use the so-called exception clause because of the current difficult economic context. The Commission must take this request seriously and must also provide a quick response. But let me reassure you of the high importance I attach to the defence of legality and the rule of law, including the legal conditions for using the exception clause. This being said, the College – like the majority of Commission staff – is well aware of the political and economic situation in Europe. Austerity measures taken by all member States underline the need for greater efficiency and economies in the public sector. This is the main reason why I made the proposal in June to change the Staff Regulations and this is why I think we should table a formal proposal as quickly as possible, which must of course reflect the most recent developments. In addition, in order to demonstrate the solidarity of EU staff to fellow citizens, I have proposed an increase of the solidarity levy from 5.5% to 6%.
Finally, I would like to respond to the recent RTBF programme attacking the salaries and conditions of Commission staff. I would like to reassure everyone that I personally, as well as our spokesperson service, take every opportunity to defend staff against the often unfair criticism of our working conditions. I particularly emphasise the specific demands of working in our Institution and the need to maintain a reward package that helps attract and retain the appropriate calibre of staff. At the same time, we must also demonstrate that the European Institutions are not disconnected from the harsh consequences of crisis and practice what they preach. However, both the President and I are clear that staff really are our most important asset and part of our role is to defend you.

Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ

Vice-President? of the European Commission in charge of
INTER-INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

For more information see .



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