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Theme of the day: hospital billing

The FEDERATION seeks via this information note to ensure the long term viability of our sickness insurance scheme (JSIS) and to enable you to take informed decisions.
We are very attached to our sickness insurance scheme, the JSIS, and wish to see it work well and in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all colleagues.

The key points that motivate us are:

THE FFPE CONFIRMS ITS SOLIDARITY TOWARDS COLLEAGUES FROM THE UK WHO ARE EUROPEAN OFFICIALS FIRST AND FOREMOST

Europe is anything but a simple journey. Four days after the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, Ms MAY, the UK Prime Minister, triggers Article 50 and the United Kingdom formally requested negotiations with the European Union, regarding the exit of a Union it joined in 1973.

Follow-up : "Impasse de l'Europe-marché, promesse d'une Europe-projet"

We would like to thank all the colleagues that came and participated to the conference-debate this 15 of March 2017 with our speaker Pierre Defraigne.

This later as also published an opinion in a newspaper that will allow you to dive a little more in the reflection on Europe : http://www.lalibre.be/debats/opinions/en-appeler-au-citoyen-europeen-opi...

The Mediation Service as seen by "Commission en direct": Auto-satisfaction and jargon

In its 13 September 2017 edition, the evergreen "Commission en direct" proposed an article on the Mediation Service, under the proud slogan: "going beyond conflict".

It deserves closer attention.

Behind the smiley faces of the mediator and his team hides a different reality: that of an appointment that gave rise to objections at the highest level (Mr Barroso and Mrs Georgieva) from the Central Staff Committee regarding the selection procedure and the operation of the service.

LEAVE IN THE INTERESTS OF THE SERVICE (Article 42c)

Watch out for summer storms!

At the height of this year's summer holiday period, the Administration published an Administrative Notice (No 18-2017 of 26.07.2017) on the possible implementation of "leave in the interests of the service" under Article 42c of the Staff Regulations.

The notice provides little clarity on the grounds for triggering such a serious procedure, and it is not surprising therefore that it has given rise to varied reactions from colleagues, ranging from anxiety to perplexity.

Unacceptable arrangements surrounding the departure of OLAF's DG

The Federation salutes the “performance” of Mr Giovanni KESSLER who is on track to secure a sweet deal this week: resignation from his post as DG of OLAF, simultaneously transfer to an adviser “hors classe” post specially created for him in DG BUDG, secondment of that post to head up the Italian Customs authorities, and abolition of the adviser post on his departure.

These arrangements are said to be in the "interest of the service", without any further explanation being given, as if that catch-all formula could justify any arrangement.

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