Letter to the College from the Commission Staff.
Subject: The new Staff Regulations
We, the co-workers of the European Commission, are deeply worried by the risk of reducing the dynamic of the European cooperation.
In the current crisis, European countries cannot weaken their main policy and operational tool to design effective countermeasures. The European Union is the only obvious credible force because it is the only structure which can bring solutions at the same scale than the problems faced. If each country is logically preoccupied by the future of its own citizens, no Member States would be sincerely ready to go and fight alone this global battle.
In order to ensure the best possible defence, the European Union needs powerful institutions, capable of competing with the other actors challenging our socio-economic standards. In this context, we can accept to show our concrete solidarity, even if this is insignificant economically, in order to send a positive political message, but we refuse to change the working conditions of the institutions personnel in a way that would jeopardise their strength and quality of action. The quality of the human resources, which is directly related to the attractiveness of the working conditions, is essential for building a powerful and proactive Europe, capable of resisting the continuous attack of its model.
We therefore fully support the resolution adopted on 9 November by the Interinstitutional General Assembly of the personnel gathered by the Common Front of Unions and invite the College to reach a compromise with the Common Front, with a view to presenting to the legislator an agreed balanced and fair regulation, safeguarding the independence and highest quality of the European Public Function.
Or in other words, we want more pay and better perks because we the Trade Unions of the most coddled public sector workers in the Western World are the only bulwark against barbarianism - or the great unwashed public who should just shut up and pay more taxes.
What is interesting is I have had a number of requests from people within the Eurocrat world asking me to publicise this letter.