DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES OF THE ASSEMBLY OF AGENCY STAFF COMMITTEES (AASC)
At the first meeting of the AASC in Alicante on 9 and 10 July 2001, it became apparent that
- The Agencies do not yet have their rightful place within the system of European institutions and Agency staff do not have their rightful place within the European Civil Service.
- The Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants do not apply fully and in a coherent manner to all Agency staff; and that there is a need for the Agencies to concentrate their efforts in order to do so.
- The Agencies are faced with common problems specific to them for which common solutions need to be found.
- The Staff Committees of the Agencies feel the need to develop common actions and solidarity amongst themselves so that a system of mutual aid can be set up.
- Information on career possibilities should be exchanged as well as information on conditions in the host countries and integration of staff and their families in the local community.
- The Staff Committees of the Agencies recognise the necessity to encourage trade union activities in an effort to create an effective counter-balance to the Administration.
- The Staff Committees of the Agencies should set up a permanent forum of dialogue and consultation in order to coordinate their action and to represent their staff in the high bodies of the European Union.