The real estate and mobility policies

R&D monitors the real estate and mobility policies

Ever since 2010, when we became aware of the so-called OIB’s “avant-garde” real estate policy proposing open space as modern workspaces, we have continued to denounce this project.

Given the sensitivity of this issue and the impact of these new workspaces on staff wellbeing and health (noise, concentration, fatigue, quality of work, relationship problems, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, cardio-vascular disorders, etc.), we decided to act in close collaboration with the staff concerned.

This is how we launched our first consultation with PMO staff and then with our colleagues at DG NEAR, at their request.

We have always been the trade union that acts after consultation with staff and based on expert studies…

On this file, we have:

  • surveyed PMO and DG NEAR staff;
  • analysed the results based on expert work and scientific data;
  • denounced the risks relating to the health of the staff and the efficiency of the service;
  • communicated on PMO, DG DIGIT, DG TAXUD, DG NEAR and JRC projects.

Progress achieved:

  • abandonment of open space at DG TAXUD, DG NEAR and JRC.

We remain vigilant and will continue to intervene.

R&D requests:

  • the launch of a survey integrating the evaluation of the WIP (workspace evaluation index) for services that have already opted for the open space, i.e. 4,000 colleagues concerned;
  • the integration of the WIP evaluation into the next Staff Survey;
  • the introduction of a vigilance policy at the first signs of psychosocial risks and of physical health loss for colleagues working in services that have opted for the open space, in particular PMO, OIB and DIGIT;
  • the mandatory participation in a specific risk prevention in open space training for the managers of services who have opted for this workspace;
  • the abandonment of any approach aiming to establish a real estate policy solely on the basis of rationalization of spaces and decrease of budget expenditures. In this respect, OIB’s real estate policy, forecasting a restriction of around 20,000 m2 of workspace by 2021, is unrealistic and uncompatible with the staff well-being.

R&D Communications

27/04/21Office space: low cost Hostel or Luxury Resort?
23/04/21e-conference : “Hot-desking and Open Space, Which workspaces at the European Commission ?”
22/02/21Spacious individual offices, parking spaces and luxury chairs for managers and dynamic offices for staff
09/02/21Le Renard Déchaîné special Teleworking/Hotdesking
16/11/20Le Renard Déchaîné special “OPEN SPACE” and was there light?
11/11/20Open letter to Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner in charge of Budget and Human Resources – Are the cameras and scanners used at the entrances of the Commission and EP buildings supplied by a company indicted for involvement in human rights violations in China?
15/07/20OIB TV… Back to the office in “The One”?
2/12/19Workplace Of the Future: Secession of DG BUDG?
31/01/18DG NEAR abandon the Open Space project
18/10/16Saga Réalité “open space” au JRC 
14/10/16Note to Mrs Veronica Gaffey, Director of PMO: “Open Space” in your services
4/05/16Survey on satisfaction Open Space—PMO
3/03/16 Black Pearl – Finally DIGIT opens the dialogue
21/04/16Removal of PMO to CSM2. All in Open Space!
19/02/16La Grande « Nomade » – La Commission adopte une nouvelle Politique immobilière!
15/02/16« Open  Space » Oddyssey—Act II, Scene III DG DIGIT enters the stage without consulting staff!
27/01/16The Commission always behind the times: The Economist confirms R&D’s position on the adverse effects of open-plan office…
21/01/16Do you know that the Commission whishes to make from an old building a new « window » for the Institution?
12/01/15Black Pearl 2: Peal peril for passengers of the Black Pearl
12/01/15Black Pearl 1: Degradation of working conditions in sight in the New Black Pearl Building
3/12/14Draft Commission : everyone in « hot desk » mode?
8/10/10Open space  : colleagues to be crammed into offices!

Other documentation

Manual of standard building specifications

Manuel des conditions d’hébergement des services de la Commission—Partie 2

Programme 2018-2021