Dear colleague,

As promised, the Ispra Site Trade Union Majority has prepared a complaint based on art. 90.2 of the Staff Regulations against the unjustified decrease of our Correction Coefficient to 92,3%.


Because, according to our investigations, the new Correction Coefficient does not correspond to the purchasing parity between Ispra and Brussels.

Why now?

Because an art. 90 must be presented within 3 months from the date of the publication of the decision against which the complaint is lodged. Even if most probably even the February payslip will be considered as the “official” application of the decision, the original decision was taken by the Council on 20th of December 2010 and published in the Official Journal on 22nd of December 2010. Furthermore, all staff received on 23rd of December 2010 an email from PMO notifying the introduction of the new Correction Coefficient, with a link to the detailed table.
Having worked hard on this art 90 dossier, we are now ready with our argumentations and we don’t want to take any risk of non admissibility of our complaint because of a missed deadline.

What are the fundamental arguments of our complaint?

We have based our arguments on a very strong technical analysis, contesting Eurostat data on Energy and Health costs. In addition to a detailed analysis carried out by us on gas and electricity bills, we have also purchased statistically relevant data for Italy and Belgium from a highly specialised company. These statistics confirm exactly our findings and the wrong balance set by Eurostat for the heading “Energy”.

We have then compared the parities set by the Commission for our sickness insurance reimbursements scheme with the “Health” heading of our CC, and also in this case we are able to demonstrate that a big contradiction exists between these two different sets of parities both provided by the same European Commission!

We are not asking to sign a blank cheque. OUR ART. 90 IS READY and you can verify that it is built on tangible elements. So, ACT NOW, and JOIN OUR ART.90

We would have preferred a constructive and brotherly collaboration among all Trade Unions but, sadly enough, some people driven by other motivations abuse every single dossier for their quite aggressive propaganda campaign trying to bring others into discredit, rather than collaborating in a joint approach to defend staff. In the meantime the Ispra Site Trade Union Majority – in close collaboration with the Local Staff Committee (CLP) – will continue to be the real defender of the interests of all staff. We do understand that you are not interested in a useless war between Trade Unions, and we agree with you that this should stop.

Thank you all for your support and collaboration.