EU - report from the EU negotiating delegation, April 2011
Report from the EU negotiating delegation on Mandatory insurance, Indexation, Remote interpreting and Default pension fund
The ND held an information meeting for ACI colleagues on 22 March. This report summarises the points covered.
1. Application of the Agreement – flat-rate travel allowances and loyalty cards
When a revised version of the ACI Handbook was posted in October 2010 the Delegation immediately raised with the Administration certain changes and/or differences in application by the recruiting Institutions. The latter will shortly finalise a corrected and streamlined text, and will send it to your Delegation before posting it on ScicNet and Epiweb.
2. Applicability of the CEOS (Conditions of Employment of Other Servants) to ACI
As reported in January, the Delegation has raised with the Administration inconsistencies in various statements about the extent to which the CEOS apply to ACI. The question is still being pursued, and a definitive view has been requested.
3. Mandatory insurance and transition from temporary total incapacity to permanent total invalidity
We are still waiting for the outcome of the arbitration referred to in our January 2011 report. See that report on www.aiic.eu, accessible to all ACI.
4. Default pension fund
As reported previously, if an ACI fails to select a pension scheme and give the details to the payments office, SCIC plans to pay all pension contributions incurred (employer’s and ACI’s) into a fund selected for the purpose. A fund has now been selected following a call to tender. Check ScicNet and Epiweb for details in due course. But remember, it is in your interest to select a pension fund of your choice and inform the payments office.
5. Complaints about quality of an ACI from outside the interpreting services
The Delegation asked the Administration how complaints received from someone outside the interpreting services are handled when an ACI is the subject of the complaint. Webstreaming and/or recording of meetings and hearings are the norm in the EP and the Court of Justice, and it is generally possible to check the recordings and track the source language to see whether a complaint is well-founded, and in the EP attention is drawn to the content of the disclaimer. SCIC has no procedure in place for handling or responding to such complaints, and does not intend to adopt one, given the very low number of complaints received. At the Delegation’s suggestion, when SCIC re-negotiates its service level agreements it will consider inserting a requirement that any complaints be made in writing. The Delegation emphasised the need to be aware of the consequences a complaint could have for the ACI, the need to protect the investments made in adding a language combination, which also represents a resource for the service, and the factors which may be involved when a complaint is made.
The Delegation queried the lengthy delay in paying the indexation amounts due. The Administration replied that the PMO (Pay Master’s office) is responsible for calculating the amounts due, and that late payment interest will be paid.
7. Smartphone compatibility with web calendar
A report may be commissioned from a consultancy on the legal, financial and technical implications of redesigning the web calendar to make it compatible with smartphones. The commission will depend partly on budget availability.
8. Remote interpreting
AIIC’s president, Benoît Kremer, has written to the Director-General of SCIC about the request from the European Council for remote interpretation at all meals chaired by Mr. Van Rompuy. (AIIC is a party to the inter-institutional agreement on remote interpreting between the EU recruiting Institutions and their staff.)
9. Professional delegation at SCIC
The minutes of the professional delegation’s recent meetings with the SCIC administration have been posted on Scicnet. Go to