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The Link – Old Issues

The Link is our monthly newsletter, with more in-depth and comprehensive articles on current issues. It is e-mailed to our list subscribers. Not all issues are translated in English. To find the complete list of publications, please refer to the french version of this page.

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October 2009 – Acting in Unity: unitary platform and agreement with the USHU
– Is the Lisbon Treaty soluble in the crisis?
– Exceptional taxation of Greek colleagues
– Double shifts in the European Schools
– Statutes to defend you better
– U4U: a structure to defend you better
November 2009– New Commission: Initial findings and questions
– Recruitment and selection
– Creation of the EEAS: Issues and proposals for debate
January 2010– REC: What to do?
– Special report on remuneration
– Health insurance
– European evening on 6 February
– Help Haiti: Europe-Third World
January 2011– Editorial
– 55+ a question of culture
– The European civil service has already made the effort to adapt
– The dangers of non-Community nationalist approaches
– Training for AD competitions
– 2011 budget for the European Schools
– Thresholds promotion
– U4U adapts its statutes and strengthens its team
– U4U at your service
January 2012– Remuneration: U4U calls on VP ŠEFČOVIČ
– The line to follow according to the VP
– European Schools: bankruptcy?
– Death certificate for the method
– The Council attacks the Commission
– The Council drags out the adjustment of the pension contribution
– Opinion: the F word
– U4U communication
– Readers’ letters
– Support U4U
– U4U at your service
October 2012 Edito– Editorial: Council of Ministers: enough is enough!
– Reform of the Staff Regulations 2013: latest news
– The next enlargement to include Croatia
– Multi-annual financial framework (MFF – budget 2014-20)
-A speech for nothing?
– Session auxiliaries demand justice
– Mobility: what to do and how?
– U4U strengthens its democratic principles
– EPSO competition
– Luxembourg: public meeting on the Staff Regulations
– Brussels CLP: a necessary reflection
– Support U4U!
– U4U at your service
November 2012 (1)– Special Reform: Fighting the planned destruction of the European civil service
– Editorial: Time to mobilise
– Reform of the Staff Regulations and the EU budget
– Reform update: EU ministers to discuss €50 billion budget cut
– Update on 2012 pay adjustments
– Update on the 2011 pay adjustment
– Appeal on the setting of the 2011 pension contribution
– The consequences of the expiry of the Method if the Staff Regulations are not revised by the end of December 2012
– U4U support!
– U4U at your service
December 2012– Special budget debate
– Editorial
– National egotism
– Ambiguous objectives
– Partial assessment of the 21 November day of action
– A budget debate without vision
– Budgetary savings in the proposal to revise the Commission’s statute
– The Cypriot Presidency’s proposal of 29 October 2012
– The second proposal by the President of the European Council, 22 November 2012
– What follow-up to the discussion on the multiannual financial framework?
– Statements to the European Parliament, as part of the debate on the multiannual financial framework
– Readers have their say
– Support U4U!
– U4U at your service
February 2013 Special MFF– Editorial
– Meeting with VP Sefcovic
– U4U supports the EP’s position
– The EP has its own vision of tomorrow’s Europe! The Commission?
– European Council: an anti-youth summit!
– End of the special levy: unfounded rumours
– EUROCONTROL extends the Method and the special levy in 2013
– U4U internal training cycle: U 4 eUrope
– EPSO competition
– Decentralised meetings
– Citizens’ initiative: Demand quality European education for all
– Language arrangements for EPSO competitions
– Evaluation and promotion exercises
– Report of the Health Insurance Management Committee (CGAM) for 2011
– 2013, Year of the Snake… and of the Citizen!
– Humour: Big depression…
– U4U support!
– U4U at your service
March 2013– Editorial
– Methods and obstacles to salary adjustments: where do we stand?
– Internal competitions: a step forward that must be continued
– The CAs too!
– Where are we with statutory staff representation?
– Trade union training; U4eUrope!
– Training for EPSO competitions
– European initiative: let’s demand European education for all.
– No to a European austerity budget
– Factsheet: Has the dismantling of Europe begun?
– Readers’ letters
– U4U support!
– U4U at your service
April 2013– Editorial: Reject any weakening of the European civil service
– Agencies: between necessity and marketing?
– CoRePer’s mandate to the Staff Regulations Group, on the subject of reform
– Internal Competitions: Redressing the injustices suffered by post-2004 colleagues
– Discussions within the Staff Regulations Group: what are we discussing?
– Staff of the Institutions to their Presidents: take action for the future of the Union!
– Petition for internal competitions: reducing disparities
– Resolution of the Gathering of officials and contract staff on Tuesday 23 April
– U4U training courses
– Decentralised meetings
– Unity yes, but with clarity!
– Will the European Union survive in 2024?
– Support U4U!
– U4U at your service
September 2013– Editorial: Restoring quality social dialogue
– Better late than never
– Luxembourg
– The Commission and social dialogue – “do as I say, not as I do”
– The inevitable court case
– Commission decision to suspend tests for recruiting certain contract staff
– Award of the contract for the Commission’s canteens and cafeterias
– Humour: e-mails
– Adjustment of remuneration
– Meeting at the EACI
– Participation of U4U in various committees
– Readers’ letters
– U4U support!
– U4U at your service
October 2013– Editorial: Let’s work together at last!
– Training for EPSO competitions
– 2011 pay adjustments
– A difficult year ahead for AGRI
– Local agents
– EU fails to regulate banking
– U4U seeks a colleague for its management team
– Luxembourg: Vote The Change!
– Human Resources Report 2013: Commission in figures
– The Court of Justice invalidates a selection procedure using the Talent screener
– Benchmarking
– Mood: How good it is to live in our countries!
– Letters to the Editor
December 2013– Editorial: 4 years of wage freezes, refusal to engage in social dialogue and implementation of bad staff policies – enough is enough!
– Update on the Court of Justice ruling in the pay case
– Contribution to the EU staff pension scheme: an increasingly complicated situation
– Adjustment of weightings for 2013: where do we stand?
– Application of the 40-hour week to crèche staff: what can be done?
– Staff committee elections in Luxembourg: the results
– For a participative management of human resources
– Petition from Contract Agents
– Appeal to staff – U4U is getting stronger!
– U4U at your service
January 2014– Editorial: Cynicism and trivialisation at the Commission
– Pensions and remuneration: where do we stand?
– First lessons from the reorganisation of DG RTD
– Action before the Court of Justice for lack of social dialogue
– 55+: moving forward!
– JSIS – Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme: Our fund is everyone’s business….
– AC: Working together, let’s take control of our professional destiny!
– Inter-institutional crèches: ensuring that needs are met through unity between professionals and users!
– The SFIE joins U4U and USHU within the Regroupement syndical !
– Join U4U
February 2014– Editorial: an opportunity not to be missed!
– At last, real negotiations for staff and the institution
– Reduce disparities and insecurity
– We are the unions
– Creation of a secondary school
– Transfer of pension rights
– Pay adjustments
– Appeals against unfair provisions in the new Staff Regulations
– An interesting Court of Justice ruling
– Conference debate on the issues at stake in the European elections
– Fact sheet
– U4U at your service
July 2014– Editorial: Social dialogue and staff representation: taking the initiative for change!
– To members and staff
– Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme: what to do?
– Staff Regulations Committee: restarting the activities of this essential committee
– European Schools by country: did you know?
– Mediation service report for 2013
– A New Deal for Europe: citizens’ initiative
– Legislative cooperation between the Parliament and the EESC/CDR
– Crèches and nurseries in Brussels
October 2014– Editorial: social dialogue at the Commission
– President Barroso: One message hides another?
– Continuity or change?
– The Juncker plan is good, the IC New Deal 4 Europe is better!
– Exchanges of civil servants: what if we moved up a gear?
– European schools
– End of careers: obstacles and possible developments
– U4U training initiatives
– Call for your support
– U4U at your service
January 2015– Editorial: Taking action!
– DG RTD: What does a political DG mean?
– Towards the demise of the Civil Service Tribunal?
– The mobility of CAs in delegations: a major step forward
– Alicante staff appeal to regulatory agency staff: let’s take charge of our professional destiny
– Everything is in everything
– Hope for Europe
– Jean Monnet, the inspiration” by Jacques-René Rabier
– U4U consults staff
April 2015– Editorial: elections to the Brussels Staff Committee
– Working time
– Review of 2014 for Senior Experts
– Promotion system and 2015 promotion exercise: What’s going on?
– Contract agents: where are the concrete measures?
– EPSO: 12 years and counting
– Training for EPSO competitions
– Breaking Down Barriers: Towards Gender Equality at Work
– Vehicle registrations in Belgium
– Letters to the editor
15 September 2015– Editorial: Where do we stand?
– A new start for ‘New Deal for Europe
– Talent Management
– ASTs at an impasse? 8 U4U proposals to revitalise the careers of AST colleagues
– Contract Renewal at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
– Flash Poll addressed to Commission Staff in Luxembourg, due to the JMO evacuation
– Opinion column: “We don’t believe in collective action”?
– U4U at your service
23 october 2015– Editorial: supporting U4U
– The CST validates the Commission’s promotion system
– Volkswagen affair: what responsibilities at European level?
– Appeal from U4U/RS to the Members of the European Council
– Promotion rates
– Annual evaluation: objectives must be set
– U4U supports the Collectif des contractuels appeal
– Opinion column: “Unions are useless!
– U4U at your service
30 november 2015– Editorial: showing solidarity with the ACs
– Doing better with the same
– In or Out ? Or Wait and See?
– Walk the talk: a talented Commission for a talented Europe
– Middle management: the Commission’s plans
– Personnel: je t’aime, moi non plus….
– Mediation service report for 2014: interesting recommendations
– Prevention: a necessary action for staff!
– Open forums: Contract agents, a generation of lost talent
– Canteens: the wrong ideas
– The question of number plates
– U4U at your service
9 march 2016– Editorial: where is the mid-term review of the EU budget?
– To Brexit or not to Brexit? UNITED WE STAND
– Doing better with the same? Chiche”.
– Middle management: forced mobility and new appointment rules
– Tit for tat at DG BUDG: Further cuts of 550 additional posts at the Commission in 2016
– RCAM: The deficit was not structural
– Opinion column: A not-so-special identity card
– Argenteuil accredited European school
– U4U at your service
23 may 2016– Editorial: Framing change through social dialogue
– Doing more with the same resources ? 21 proposals from U4U
– Questionnaire on the social situation in the agencies
-Canteens at the Commission
– A Commission service, a piece of cultural heritage
– European schools: what happens in the event of Brexit?
– DG NEAR: high political visibility but real administrative difficulties in the face of change
– Restructuring at DG Agri: we are all affected
– Social dialogue “modernising the HR function
– Letters to the editor
– U4U at your service
28 september 2016– Editorial: Cultivating the European spirit
– Kroes affair: Hiding the problem under the carpet won’t solve it
-Mid-term budget review: an inadequate proposal
– U4U at the EP
– Mission guide: the state of negotiations
– Document: Brexit and British pensioners in Belgium
– DG DEVCO: staff are worried
– Accident insurance
– Letters to the editor
24 october 2016– Crèches / childcare centres, putting an end to the shortage: it’s possible!
– Contract agents at the EEAS
– BREXIT: between rumours and facts
– Elections 2016 to the EP Staff Committee
– The petition on ethics has been delivered to the institutions
– Opinion column: Combating waste is everyone’s business
23 november 2016– Open space at NEAR: is it a question of consulting staff or carrying out a marketing operation?
– Alicante Regulatory Agency (EUIPO)
– The results of the new Method: 2016 salary adjustment
– Contract agents: political consultation with VP Georgieva
– Citizens’ appeal supported by U4U in defence of European integration
– Local staff committee elections in Luxembourg
11 january 2017– European Union: an unacceptable situation
– New careers: greater coherence, transparency and predictability
– Health care pricing in Luxembourg
– Publication of the vacancy notice for 5 armed security guards at the European Parliament in Strasbourg
– Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme – JSIS: Our common fund
– Fair and equal treatment for all: U4U stands for more transparency in staff management at the EP
– Leave in the interests of the service: first implementation of Article 42c by the – European Commission
– What can be done for CAs? Contract Agents in Executive Agencies
24 january 2017– EP elections: U4U wins two seats
– Günther OETTINGER would like to meet the unions
– Contract agents: the end of the tunnel in sight?
– Evaluation & Promotions: our vade mecum
– Professional incompetence: a consultation process that is still groping its way through
– 2016 opinion survey: it’s not enough to note, we have to act!
– European Parliament: we are all interpreters!
– Union for Unity supports social dialogue at EASA
– Brexit: Pros & cons Conference with R. Corbett
– EU foreign policy, global strategy: why is it my business?
– Training for EPSO competitions from your desktop, in English
– U4U at your service
4 april 2017– 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: time for Europe to wake up!
– HR centralisation at the Commission: necessity, fad or panacea?
– Preventive medicine: a cost or an investment?
– JSIS: something new for the NIP Test
– Social dialogue: should the EP lag behind?
– Canteens and cafeterias in Luxembourg: The Commission must clarify its policy
– European Parliament: Merit assessment and promotion: U4U proposes an amendment to the current rules
– European Commission: Evaluation/promotion: where do we stand?
– Brexit: time for clarification
– Training for EPSO competitions from your desktop, in English
– U4U at your service
16 may 2017– At the end of the conciliation on the AC, problems remain
– Outside activities and activities after termination of service
– DGT: “lost in translation”?
– DG RTD: in search of a political role
– U4U mobilises for the construction of Europe
– Letters to the Editor: training content is not neutral
19 june 2017– Centralisation des RH : premier bilan
– Promotions – U4U vous aide pour votre appel
– Agents temporaires à l’OLAF
– Dialogue social à l’AESA : U4U rencontre l’administration et le Comité du personnel
– U4U et les entreprises communes
– Parlement Européen : ” Open space ” au Wilfried Martens ?
– La Cour des comptes européenne aura un impact (positif) sur l’OLAF
– Surtarification des soins de santé au Luxembourg
3 october 2017– SOTEU 2017
– Philippe KERAUDREN: our comrade, our friend
-Temporary Agents in OLAF
-Open Spaces in PMO and OIB
– Agreement U4U/EUIPO
– Outside activities permitted during and after active service
– La Bruxelloise: women’s race against cancer
– The latest issue of GRASPE
18 october 2017– European Parliament: no more arbitrary decisions!
– Commissioner Oettinger informs staff representatives
– European Parliament, DG SAFE
– U4U creates a U4U Tube channel
– EP: interpreters
– What is the status of our Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme?
– EP: session agents in Strasbourg
– EUROSTAT report on pension schemes
– Graspe 32 coming soon
8 january 2018– Trade union meeting with Commissioner Oettinger
– Pay adjustments 2017
– For a European social floor
– Brexit: An agreement for the long-term coverage of our pension fund
– Rue de La Loi branches
– Transfer of pension rights – Judgment of the General Court in Case T 728/16
– Preventive medicine – the new screening programmes
– Preventive medicine and annual medical check-ups: not to be confused!
– EUIPO staff committee elections in Alicante: a victory for U4U
6 february 2018– What budget for the EU after Brexit?
– Brexit: Commissioners Oettinger & King meet UK staff
– Temporary agents at OLAF: progress for some, status quo and deadlock for others
– European Schools and Brexit
– DG NEAR: open space, the failure of a bad policy and a bad method
– JSIS preventive medicine
– AST mobility now compulsory at the European Parliament
– Luxembourg: Good practices for AST staff
21 March 2018– We are Europe: Large citizens’ rally on Sunday 25 March
– 9.8 million workers denied minimum standards on information and consultation rights
– Promotions in figures today
– Concertation on professional incompetence
– Contract agents: continuing to improve their working conditions and careers
– Representation office staff: U4U’s proposals
– Mobility of ASTs & AST/SCs at the EP – U4U writes to Klaus Welle
– Deductions from annual leave: the EP admits its mistake
23 April 2018– Which heading 5 for which European budget?
– Brexit: the College speaks out in support of U4U’s positions
– Let’s defend our library!
– Staff meeting on 19 April 2018 in Brussels: we can do better!
– Osons l’Europe: The rally of 25 March 2018, a good start to encourage future initiatives
– AC: Acting to solve problems
– Temporary agents at OLAF
– Elections to the ISPRA/Seville Staff Committee: coming soon!
– Commission report on the implementing rules for the Staff Regulations
22 may 2018– Defending the civil service to defend the Union. Defending the Union to defend Europeans
– Our pension fund: what does the Commission want to do?
– The creation of a genuine management school within the European Institutions
– JSIS – Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme: Revision of the 2007 General Implementing Provisions (GIP)
-Update on the adjustment of remuneration and pension contributions
– The actions of the European Citizens’ Platform
– Social dialogue in the European Parliament: a total failure
– Letters to the Editor: Our pension fund
25 june 2018– WAKE UP, WAKE UP EUROPE: Join #wakEUp – Brussels, 28 June
– European Parliament: We are all interpreters!
– EEAS, Referendum: Vote for Proposal #2
– Nobody goes on strike out of the blue
– Young or Junior professionals: what can we say?
– OLAF, a big step towards mobility and transparent selection procedures
– The new U4U Board of Directors
– Facts and arguments: Preserving the pension scheme for European Union staff is a priority for staff!
12 july 2018– Tribute to Simone Veil
– Interpreters’ strike at the European Parliament: Open letter to MEPs
– Do you know Radio Ekonomika?
– European Parliament: extension of the WAYENBERG crèche
– U4Utube
– DGT: acting together!
– What’s new for the spouses of future pensioners?
– New management at OLAF: an opportunity to improve working conditions
– U4U at the European Railway Agency (ERA)
– EEAS staff approve our choice!
– To divide the staff is to fight against one’s own interests. Let’s work clearly for staff unity!
3 september 2018   – U4U, a European trade union for all employees of the institutions
– U4U speech by Patrice Grosjean at the Simone Veil tribute ceremony
– Concertation with the Commissioner on 10 July: a bit of confusion and some alarming news!
– Let’s stand together: Let’s not sacrifice our ASTs!
– U4U supports the CCP campaign for Greece!
– Adjustment of pay and pensions for 2018
– Prescription of pecuniary rights: Richard Zink v European Commission judgment
2 october 2018– U4U takes part in staff committee elections
– The list proposed by U4U
– Humour: the wrong bias of the EP President
– U4U proposals for AD careers
– Against sanctions against 7 MEPs for supporting interpreters
– Internal competitions: good news at last
– The European Schools are in serious trouble
– U4U fights for quality staff services and wins battles
– Prolonged stress at work creates health problems
– Have you heard of Radio Ekonomika?
– How to avoid problems when retiring
– Living Conditions Allowances
– The Court extends the concept of working time
6 november 2018– Professional elections: Open letter to Commission staff in Brussels
– Open letter to Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
– Garderie aérée: Increase in parental contribution from 2019 and U4U’s demands
– Change of system for security guards working shifts: night guards win their art.90 complaint
– After-school child care
– Summary of the conference on the unemployment scheme for contract staff
– U4U supports the “12 hours for Greece” actions
– The joint committee on probation reports
– Conference of Staff Committees of International Organisations, October 2018, at the European Parliament
– U4Utube: the new U4U media
– Issue 34 of Graspe magazine has been published
– Letters to the editor