CPE will raise the parental contribution in 2014 by 14% to 85%

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European schools system is like a never-ending maze of paperwork and bureaucracy.

It’s as if they believe that the more forms you fill out, the smarter you become. Secretary general and deputy secretary general are too busy worrying about their pensions and summer vacations to actually produce anything useful.

It’s a system where children are just tiny cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, and education takes a backseat to administrative tasks.

It’s time for a major overhaul, because right now, the European schools system is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

Dear Colleagues,

Being member of CAS [1], and as a strong defender of the rights of parents and the well-being of the children in the Study Centre and the Garderie (CPE), I’ve lost a battle. After several years of opposing certain parts of OIL’s management, the CAS has voted almost unanimously in favour of an important raise in the parental contribution. I was the only one to vote against.

CCPE [2] is examining and advising on the rules of the CPE/Garderie.

During its meeting on 19 July the CCPE has proposed to raise the parental contribution, by 14% to 28% for about 83% of the parents from 1.1.2014 onwards. (For those with the highest incomes the parental contribution will be raised by 85%). (Only for those with the lowest incomes (< AST1), will the price go down).price increase

This decision in the CCPE was taken by 6 votes against 2. The two representatives of the EP Staff, Hugo ARELLANO (SGPOE) and Justyna TLAGA (Яevolution) were absent. However this latter colleague was part of the small working group drafting the proposal for the rise in the parental contribution…

During its meeting last Friday (27 September) the CAS had to pronounce itself on this proposal coming from the CCPE. It could either reject or approve this proposal.
OIL explained that the main reason for the rise was the … creation of the CPE5 on the Mamer-Bertrange site and that the prices hadn’t gone up for 20 years.

Despite my strong opposition, the raise was approved by 11 votes in favour, 2 abstentions (a.o. Sandra GARCIA, FFPE) and 1 vote against (myself). The chairs of the two other representatives of the EP staff were empty… : Hugo ARELLANO (SGPOE) and Elisa CHIARELLO (Яevolution), but strangely despite her CCP, still member of CAS and the Staff Committee) !!! The staff representatives of the other institutions belong mainly to the Union Syndicale…

Some of my arguments against this rise were the following :
– our salaries are not adapted to the indexation for the past three years ;
– in all cases the rise in the parental contribution can never be higher than the indexation ;
– OIL should already have proposed this adaptation many years ago ;
– OIL should and could have foreseen the supplementary costs for the Mamer-Bertrange site ;
– parents who have their children in Mamer-Bertrange are penalised twice : firstly they have no other choice than to accept the ‘deportation’ and secondly they even have to pay extra costs for this “privilege” ;
– OIL, the Commission and the other institutions should have rejected (at the beginning of this century) the choice of the horizontal split ; they didn’t move an inch…

If you want to have a word to say in deciding committees, see that you are well represented by the most appropriate colleague.

[1] “Comité Action Sociale” : CAS is a committee composed by an equal number of representatives of the Administration of the different institutions and of Staff.
[2] « Comité du Centre Polyvalent de l’Enfance »

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Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

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