In June 2019 issue of STAFF MATTERS, we will be looking at actions brought following the reform of the Staff Regulations which entered into force in 2014. Travel expenses, travelling time, annual leave, career capping, salary adjustment, increase in retirement age… Five years after the reform entered into force, many actions have not yet been definitively settled.

The 2014 reform introduced a number of provisions into the Staff Regulations which, according to most trade union and professional organisations (OSPs), were an infringement of fundamental rights. The trade unions decided to challenge these provisions before the Court of Justice, in some instances in direct actions before the General Court (cases T-17/14, T-20/14, T-22/14, T-23/14, T-75/14 and T-456/14) and in others by coordinating and deciding to jointly fund1 actions brought on behalf of individual colleagues before the Civil Service Tribunal and subsequently transferred to the General Court following the dissolution of the CST.

Most of these individual actions were suspended pending judgments in the direct actions brought by the OSPs. All of the actions brought by the OSPs have been dismissed, partly because of issues of admissibility, and partly because the judges considered that the consultation with the Staff Regulations Committee (see Article 10 of the Staff Regulations) was sufficient to comply with the workers’ right to information and consultation provided for in Article 27 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

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Staff Matters #8