NOTICE TO STAFF
IS THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN THRALL TO THE COUNCIL?
The EP (in consultation with the Commission)
implements the wishes of the Council in terms of restrictions on promotions, even before the entry into force of the reform
The Staff Committee, while understanding and supporting budgetarisation of promotions in our institution, is nevertheless deeply concerned by the positions adopted in anticipation of an eventual reform of the Staff Regulations which, as of today, certainly affect only the upper ranks but nevertheless, once established as a precedent, could be applied to all levels.
Indeed, persistent rumours are circulating about a possible slowdown in careers from the implementation of the new reform on 1 January 2013, and this at the request of some member states in the Council.
But what was the surprise of the EP Staff Committee last week when (in October 2011) it heard the Director General of Personnel, Chair of the AD Promotions Committee, propose for promotion from AD13 to AD14 only 11 colleagues (corresponding to 5.5% of the AD13s) instead of 40 (corresponding to the 20% provided for under Article 9 of Annex XIII of the Staff Regulations) without giving any plausible reasons.
No argument can support this decision.
1. The 2011 Budget provides for 149 AD14 posts while only 109 positions are filled (which shows the EP had originally planned a sufficient number of posts for AD13 promotions in 2011).
2. On the list of AD13s who were eligible for promotion but have not been selected are 29 very deserving colleagues who perform tasks of considerable responsibility and merit promotion.
3. During the 2010 promotion exercise, the administration complied with Article 9 of Annex XIII by promoting 20% of AD13s or 29 colleagues. It had complied with the same article in 2009, 2008 and 2007, the first year of promotion from AD13 to AD14.
4. Thus, by promoting only 11 colleagues (corresponding to 5.5% instead of 20%), the EP administration is ignoring its statutory obligation to respect the five-year average 2007-2011 for promotion of AD13s, and moreover
5. It contradicts its own decisions and actions. Indeed, on 1st April 2011, the Director-General for Personnel stated in note D (2011) 16105 that the promotion rate for AD13s was 20%.
The Staff Committee has tried to understand the reasons for this attitude on the part of the EP administration and lost no time in discovering them.
Yesterday, it was informed by the Commission unions that, as in the case of the Parliament, the Commission has proposed promoting only 6% of AD13s.
So this is a concerted action by the EP and the Commission to satisfy the requirements of the Council (which is not covered by the Commission's proposals for reform) to reduce the number of promotions in certain grades, even before implementation of the new reform.
For the Staff Committee, the European Parliament has taken a decision in breach of Article 9, Annex XIII of the Staff Regulations.
How can one describe the attitude of our institution in giving satisfaction to a Council requirement that has not even been the subject of negotiations?
The Staff Committee takes note with deep regret that this situation is the inevitable result of the refusal of the Director General for Personnel to do the groundwork for the reform issue in consultation with the staff representatives (as was done in 2002 for the 2004 reform).
The Staff Committee urges the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek (AIPN for AD13s) to intervene on this issue by complying with the obligations of our institution under Article 9 of Annex XIII of the Staff Regulations (still in force and not yet amended by the reform) and promote 40 colleagues from AD13 to AD14.
It will make no sense for the European Union to discriminate economic from social inclusion! The memberstates who are against social equality on European Level need to transfer more power to the institutions not to endanger the whole project !
Economic inclusion must go hand-in-hand with social inclusion to find broad support in the population (= means also trust in the markets)