EU - important message from the EU sector negotiating delegation, January 2009
European Commission and the flat-rate accommodation allowance The Negotiating Delegation has been pursuing the matter since SCIC published its notice on SCICnet on 19th December 2008 and is continuing to make representations to try and obtain more than the temporary waiver already secured.
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As several colleagues have asked for clarifications, we would like to point out that:
1. The flat-rate accommodation allowance has never been part of the Agreement. What the Agreement stipulates, in Article 9, is that ACIs "...shall receive an allowance equal to the daily subsistence allowance of officials of the institutions by which they are engaged. ACIs may, on presentation of a hotel bill, have hotel expenses reimbursed up to the ceiling laid down for such officials."
2. The flat-rate accommodation allowance was introduced when a new Missions Guide came into force on 1st May 2004, as an allowance paid for accommodation when no hotel invoice was submitted.
3. At the request of the Court of Auditors, the Commission, as an institution, agreed to eliminate this flat-rate allowance and the staff representative organisations in the Commission have accepted this: the new system now applies to all Commission staff. To the Court of Auditors, what matters is not whether what they have requested works out more expensively for the institution; it is the audit trail and the elimination of a flat-rate allowance that matters.
But your Delegation is still on the case!
Recommended citation format:European Union Negotiating Delegation. "EU - important message from the EU sector negotiating delegation, January 2009". aiic.net January 23, 2009. Accessed May 27, 2020. <http://aiic.net/p/3151>.
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