FAQ

  1. Do contract staff and auxiliary contract staff benefit from medical insurance coverage after the end of their contracts?
    30/04/2014

    Under certain conditions a staff member may continue to be covered for a limited period following the end of their contract.

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  2. What are the unemployment benefit conditions available to contract staff and auxiliary contract staff who lose their jobs?
    30/04/2014

    The provisions contained in the CEOS provide for a Community unemployment allowance to be paid for a period equal to 1/3 of the period worked, up to a maximum limit of 3 years.

    The Community unemployment allowance is paid in addition to any national unemployment benefits. However, the rules which apply in the different national systems vary according to national legislation, which is not harmonised across the European Union.

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  3. What guarantees exist that contract staff and auxiliary contract staffwill eventually be able to benefit from pensions contributions paid into the Community system?
    30/04/2014

    This question is linked to the possibilities of transferring OUT (of the Commission system to a national pensions system) of the actuarial value of the amounts paid into the Community system by contract staff and auxiliary contract staff. It should be noted that although there is an obligation for Member States to transfer amounts paid into national systems into the Commission system (transfer IN), the reverse operation is subject to agreements between the European Institutions and the Member States. Currently, transfers OUT are possible with the national pensions schemes of Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and with the pensions schemes of some international organisations. A calculation of the actuarial value of pensions can be provided upon individual request. Articles 11 §1 and 12 § 1 b) of Annex VIII of the Staff Regulations ensure that the staff member may transfer the amounts paid in to a private insurance or pension fund which fulfils the criteria laid down by Article 12 (whether the possibility of transfer to a former system exists or not). This ensures that the contributions paid in by staff will not be lost.

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  4. Can contract staff and auxiliary contract staff benefit from the European Schools system?
    30/04/2014

    The rules governing the organisation and functioning of European schools are set by a series of decisions of the Board of Governors, which is the highest decision-making body for the European Schools system. The Commission sits on the Board of Governors, but only has one vote out of a total of 29. According to the rules set by the Board of Governors, children of statutory staff (those covered by the CEOS, which includes contract staff and auxiliary contract staff) are Category I pupils.

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  5. Are children of contract staff and auxiliary contract staff required to pay school fees?
    30/04/2014

    As Category I pupils, children of contract staff and auxiliary contract staff are exempt from schools fees (known as the "Minerval"). This exemption is accorded provided that "the parent of the child in Category I is employed directly and without interruption by a Community institution or other organisation as decided by the Board of Governors for a minimum period of 1 year". However, the "the right to being a Category I pupil only takes effect from the date on which the existence of a contract of at least one year duration can be proven. This right cannot be applied retroactively." Contract Staff employed for less than one year or those whose contracts are temporarily interrupted are subject to school fees for the period concerned. School fees are calculated on a monthly basis, with each month counting for 1/10 of the school year.

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  6. Do you provide instructions how to perform PCR?
    30/04/2014

    Event-specific detection methods submitted under the provision of Art. 47 of Regulation EC 1829/2003 and their validation reports are accessible on the web site of the EURL for GM food and feed (EURL-GMFF) under the section "Status of dossiers". Detection methods used during the certification of a GMO reference material are listed in the certification report.

    Institutes: IRMM
    Keywords: GMO, reference material, measurement, quality, standard
  7. Which DNA extraction method should I use?
    30/04/2014

    Reliable results can only be guaranteed if an extraction method validated in a collaborative trial is used. Some extraction methods and their validation reports are accessible on the web site of the EURL for GM food and feed under the section "Status of dossiers".

    Institutes: IRMM
    Keywords: GMO, reference material, measurement, quality, standard
  8. Is the sequence information for GM varieties publicly available?
    30/04/2014

    The sequence information is usually patented by the producer and can in some cases be retrieved from the patent application. The sequence information itself is confidential and therefore not always accessible, whereas the primer and probe sequences targeted by the event-specific detection methods provided according to Art. 47 of Regulation EC 1829/2003 are accessible on the web site of the EURL for GM food and feed under the section "Methods database".

    Institutes: IRMM
    Keywords: GMO, reference material, measurement, quality, standard
  9. Can I purchase 100% GMO CRMs?
    30/04/2014

    IRMM only produces for selected GMO events a pure certified GMO reference material (nominal 100%). However, such materials may be available from other organisations or the intellectual property owner of the GMO event.

    Institutes: IRMM
    Keywords: GMO, reference material, measurement, quality, standard
  10. Can I use the GMO CRMs to calibrate my ELISA measurements?
    30/04/2014

    GMO reference materials from IRMM can be used as calibrants for DNA-based and protein-based methods. You should set-up a calibration with a reference material (calibrant) with known GM concentrations in order to be able to translate your test result into GM% m/m (mass fraction).

    Institutes: IRMM
    Keywords: GMO, reference material, measurement, quality, standard