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EU - Report from the EP Professional Delegation - Cancellation of contracts by D

The EP Professional Delegation wishes to report back to ACI colleagues on recent steps and meetings with DG INTE concerning the cancellation of a number of LT contracts.

The EP Professional Delegation wishes to report back to ACI colleagues on recent steps and meetings with DG INTE concerning the cancellation of a number of LT contracts. Immediately after the EPPD became aware of these cancellations on February 23, 2012 a meeting on its request with INTE Recruitment was convened on March 1, 2012.

At the meeting the EPPD was informed that the cancellations are a direct consequence of the EP Bureau decision of December, 12, 2011 which will be implemented fully as of April 1, 2012. DG INTE is, however, committed to respecting fairness and LT criteria when cancelling LT contracts.

The EPPD asked for full transparency towards ACIs and asked DG INTE to publish an information notice on Epiweb, which appeared on March 7, 2012.

Together with the Negotiating Delegation 2 members of the EPPD then met DG INTE on March 19, 2012.

The main conclusions of the meeting were that: the current changes in the organisation of meetings are due to the efforts being made to streamline costs and apply « full, resource-efficient multilingualism »; no more than 16 meetings can take place at any one time; parliamentary committees and inter-parliamentary delegations will have to choose between two meeting slots for each of the weeks marked in pink on the EP calendar: Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday .

The new system aims to service the same number of meetings as at present but to achieve a more even spread of meetings during the week.

The budget cuts amount to EUR 10 million, ie roughly 17% of the ACI recruitment budget over 2012.

Other measures foreseen in the Bureau decision are the following: e.g. the plenary should not go beyond 22.30 h; late afternoon meetings not beyond 21.00 h; delegations must  travel during « turquoise » weeks, otherwise they will have limited interpretation facilities ;  the attendance of MEPs in meetings will be checked one week in advance under the « matching demand with real needs » rule.

The whole system of evenly spreading meetings will be fully implemented as of April 1, 2012. Despite the fact that the re-organisation of the whole meeting pattern in the EP is causing a number of logistic difficulties, there is strong political will behind these major changes.

So far, the cancellations have affected weeks, 17, 19 and 20 in Brussels but some other weeks will also need revisiting. DG INTE will do its utmost to reduce cancellations to the strict minimum and applying as fair considerations as possible and has undertaken to clearly define the full extent of the cancellations as soon as possible to allow colleagues to keep their options open.

In the light of reactions from ACI colleagues the EPPD is aware that the measures have been, and continue to be, perceived as extremely unsettling and worrying. It is of paramount importance to ensure better communication. Efforts should be made to restore a measure of trust for ACIs who have served the EP loyally in the past.

To this end, the EPPD will be organising an information meeting during the May part-session week in Strasbourg where DG INTE will inform ACIs about the steps they have already taken and will be taking in the future, LT 2013, etc. Mr Jiménez Marín has already accepted the invitation to attend the meeting and inform fully.


Recommended citation format:
European Parliament Professional Delegation. "EU - Report from the EP Professional Delegation - Cancellation of contracts by D". aiic.net April 3, 2012. Accessed August 24, 2019. <http://aiic.net/p/3868>.



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