In a move that has sparked concern among staff and unions alike, the Draft General Budget of the European Union for the fiscal year 2024 outlines plans for the gradual reduction of CA (Contract Agent) posts in the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) over the next few years. The document mentions that the European Commission does not anticipate augmentations within the establishment plan posts. Moreover, it projects the progressive phasing out of the auxiliary 90 CA posts, initiated in 2022, by the end of 2026, beginning with a decrease of 30 posts in 2024.
This revelation has sparked concern among EUAA staff, prompting them to seek clarification from their Executive Director. The crux of the matter lies in the potential ramifications of such a decision. While budgetary adjustments are often necessary, it is imperative to consider the operational demands of the EUAA and the implications of curtailing CA contracts.
One issue that arises is the potential reliance on interim positions to replace CA posts. While this might seem like a quick fix, it may not be a viable long-term solution. This route could potentially lead to legal challenges and disputes, bringing the matter within the jurisdiction of the European Union Court of Justice (EUCJ).
Furthermore, there is a pressing need for clarity regarding which specific CA contractual obligations are earmarked for cessation in 2024, followed by 2025, and ultimately in 2026. A comprehensive roadmap is crucial for EUAA staff members to effectively plan their professional futures, including potential career transitions or reorientations.
A recent letter addressed from Union Syndicale Bruxelles (USB) – Agencies Section to Nina Gregori, Executive Director of the EUAA, has shed light on one of these proposed changes, specifically regarding the potential phasing out of CA posts.
The letter sent to Mrs. Gregori emphasizes the importance of open communication and social dialogue between the EUAA and its staff. The USB – Agencies Section, acting as the voice of the employees, stands ready to facilitate these discussions and address the concerns of its members.
In conclusion, the proposed phasing out of CA posts within the 2024 budgetary provisions of the European Union has sparked understandable apprehension among EUAA staff. As the dialogue unfolds, it is hoped that transparency and cooperation will pave the way for a solution that takes into account the welfare and future prospects of all involved parties. The USB – Agencies Section remains committed to advocating for the best interests of its members, ensuring that their voices are heard in this critical matter.