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.
The Federation recalls and welcomes the promise of President JUNCKER who, on the 24th of June 2016, declared to British officials working for the Commission:
"According to our Staff Regulations, you are "Union officials". You work for Europe. You left your national 'hats' at the door when you joined this institution and that door is not closing on you now.
The President insisted on "the tremendous contribution to our common European project", which all these workers have made over the years. "It will be in this spirit of reciprocal loyalty that I will work together with the Presidents of the other European institutions to ensure that we can all continue counting on your outstanding talent, experience and commitment.
Mr. Juncker said he understood the concerns of many of them "on the future of your families who might have followed you to Brussels and your children who might be enrolled in schools here and that he will do everything in my power as President of the Commission, to support and help you in this difficult process. Our Staff Regulations will be read and applied in a European spirit confirmed the President.
Today, more than ever, the Federation confirms its solidarity towards some 2,000 UK civil servants and other agents working for the European institutions, because Europe is what really unites us!
With the FEDERATION
You’ll never walk alone!