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Report of the AIIC-EU negotiating delegation, March 2004

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Following the inter-institutional consultation requested by the delegation, and held on March 23, the delegation reports as follows:

1. Reform of the EU Staff regulations

  1. At the consultation meeting, the delegation was given the assurances it had sought concerning the implications of the article on conference interpreters engaged by the EP or Commission under the Conditions of Employment of other Servants (CEOS). The article has been renumbered and is now article 90 of the CEOS. The assurances given by the Administration are to be minuted.

    The Agreement will be annotated to take account of the changes, and the delegation will be involved in this exercise. 

  2. Daily allowances
    As you are aware, the new Staff regulations change the rules on the reimbursement of mission expenses, and thus on the daily allowance in the Agreement. Where no hotel bill is presented with a reimbursement claim, the allowance paid will be EUR 84,06 plus a flat-rate sum per night of EUR 40,98.  Where a hotel bill is presented, the amount reimbursed will be EUR 84,06 plus a maximum amount of EUR 117,14.  This last amount will be the daily ceiling for reimbursement of a hotel bill, and will be revised every two years. There will in future be no derogation. (All the above amounts are for Brussels. For other locations the scale laid down in the Staff regulations contains different amounts.)

    Internal implementing rules will now have to be adopted in each Institution. The delegation presented arguments relating to the wording used in the article of the Staff regulations on this subject. In each Institution, the relevant DG will be consulted on the interpretation of the terms used (“accommodation costs” and “supporting documents”). In the meantime, and pending adoption of new internal rules, present arrangements remain in place. The Delegation will keep you informed of developments.

  3. Upper age limit
    In contrast to the information received at the last consultation meeting in November 2003, and following amendments to the proposal in the Council working group, the article contained in the new Staff regulations, allowing for the retirement age to be deferred by two years under certain conditions, now applies only to officials. It does not apply to any other staff category. Questions relating to retroactivity do not therefore arise.

2. Joint list    

The delegation was informed at the consultation meeting of developments on this subject, including the intention to introduce a joint availability calendar. Following strong objections to this from the delegation, the Administration agreed to further consultation. Following this further consultation, the Administration will send each interpreter a letter with the personal data it proposes to store, requesting validation by the recipient. This data will then be stored in a single data base for all Institutions. The data-base will be used by the single payments office, to be set up within a matter of months.

3. Swiss taxation

The Administration had no developments to report on this matter. The delegation requested that it remain a standing item on the agenda of consultation meetings until a solution is found.


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European Union Negotiating Delegation. "Report of the AIIC-EU negotiating delegation, March 2004". aiic.net March 29, 2004. Accessed May 27, 2020. <http://aiic.net/p/1429>.



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Máire ENNIS

   

Pour consulter le tableau des indemnités journalières pour les différents pays, voici les références:

-page d'acceuil du SCIC;

- cliquer sur Auxiliaires Interprètes de Conférence;

- cliquer sur IAC informations précédentes;

- cliquer sur 30-04-2004.

Outre les informations affichées sur cette page, le Guide des missions de la Commission, dans son point 6.2., contient les règles concernant une dérogation pour frais d'hôtel.

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Joëlle NORDMANN-LASSERRE

   

Liste des hôtels appelés de Paris pour la nuit du 16 au 17 juin 2004 et qui étaient complets :

Eurovillages, Dorint, Euroflathotel, Citadines, Cascade, Ibis (3 hotels), Novotel ,Tulip Inn, Chambord, Hotel des Colonies, Grand Place Arenberg, Stéphanie, Holiday Inn, Bedford, Alfa Louise, Leopold, Agenda Midi

Agenda Louise, Best Western Carrefour de l’Europe, Best Western Brussels Hotel, Scandic, Atlas, Astrid, Atlanta, Charlemagne, Arcades, Noga, Sabina, Aris, Astrid, Regency

Ayant déjà dépensé en téléphone le prix d’une nuit d’hôtel, j’ai pris ma voiture pour poursuivre mes appels sur place. Je n’ai pas trouvé de logement pour la première nuit et j’ai dû dormir dans ma voiture.

Pour la seconde nuit, j’ai trouvé au Chambord une chambre de moins de 6 m2.

Je trouve incroyable qu’en raison de la décision de la Commission de s’y prendre à la toute dernière minute pour recruter, je sois pénalisée sur le plan non seulement du confort, mais aussi financièrement (perte de l’indemnité logement pour un logement acceptable, et frais non remboursés de téléphone pour essayer de trouver ce logement !)

Par ailleurs, comment peut-on se procurer les tarifs autorisés par la commission pour les autres destinations, pour éviter de se retrouver comme récemment au Havre dans un hotel réservé par la commission pour les interprètes (Kyriad) coincé entre autoroute et McDo (type formule 1) pour un prix permettant à la commission de s'en tenir au remboursement minimum et en logeant les interprètes dans des conditions inacceptables?

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Máire ENNIS

   

All the questions above were covered in the delegation's March and April reports, except for the question about the joint availability calendar, which will be covered in a further report to be issued shortly.

For the Delegation,

Máire Ennis.

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Ursula SCHNEIDER

   

when can we expect to get answers to the questions posted?

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Nathalie Cantero

   

Why does the delegation object to a joint avaibility calendar?

I suppose there must be good reasons I have not even thought of!

It actually seemed to me a very good idea and I was rather hoping it would be implemented as soon as possible

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Joana Amaral

   

It would be important to know if these new rules are already decided and therefore will be of applicance after the 1st of May or not. So that we can be sure that what the payment service is saying is correct. Thank you very much.

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Haris Ghinos

   

Martin Will's message is extremely pertinent, allow me to reiterate exactly what he wrote:

"Is the announced split of our perdiem already decided or is there still room for negociation?"

"I consider that for all those who use an apartment, the new regulation means a considerable loss, although the costs for rent or mortgage etc usually surpass even the "old" allowance. To me, it would NOT be acceptable to simply bow to the pressure of the institutions and would like to ask the ND to insist on maintaining the same level of allowance for those who can prove that they use their own flat."

"I do also not understand the reason for this new system. Save money? Not at all, if I remember the current rates correctly, 84 + 117 is more than what we get now."

Apologies for the "copy & paste"

Haris Ghinos

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Ulla Schneider

   

Re per diem, I was told at SCIC yesterday that the new rule are applicable as of May 1. This does not seem to correspond to your report, which says that DGs have to be consulted, orders issued, etc. Pls let us know, as it has implications on rental arrangements. I agree with the comment posted by a colleague.It is a blow to the many of us who have rented - if not bought - apartments in Brussels.

Re retirement, I had been told that retirement age is now 67 for Staff, and hence also for free-lance interpreters. (art. 78) . Is this incorrect?

Thank you.

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Martin Will

   

Is the announced split of our perdiem already decided or is there still room for negociation?

I consider that for all those who use an apartment, the new regulation means a considerable loss, although the costs for rent or mortgage etc usually surpass even the "old" allowance. To me, it would NOT be acceptable to simply bow to the pressure of the institutions and would like to ask the ND to insist on maintaining the same level of allowance for those who can prove that they use their own flat.

I do also not understand the reason for this new system. Save money? Not at all, if I remember the current rates correctly, 84 + 117 is more than what we get now.

Best regards

MArtin Will

PS:In any case, I hope that the new system will be put to a vote by the sector

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