Report of the AIIC-EU negotiating delegation, March 2004
Report from the AIIC-EU negotiating delegation on ongoing files
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Recommended citation format: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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