Welcome the ESO Pensioners Web

This website has been created to keep ESO pensioners up to date with news and events that affect them. It is intended to complement the GAC-EPA website hosted at CERN with ESO news from both Germany and Chile.

The website also provides access to important documents relating to healthcare, for example, that have only been accessible in the past on the ESO intranet and therefore inaccessible to most pensioners.  Because some of these documents are considered by ESO to be semi-confidential, certain areas of this website are password protected. This makes it easier for us to put documents at your disposal without endless discussion with the ESO administration for each additional document. If you have difficulty in accessing these pages or have forgotten the password, please send a request to the editor.

We would be happy to receive any contributions, articles, photos or links that might be generally interesting to ESO pensioners. If you have any such contributions, please send them to the editor.

Contacts

Editor: Martin Cullum
Technical Editor: Rein Warmels
GAC-EPA representative: Erik Allaert

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Bulletins GAC-EPA (6-monthly)

Latest News

23 March January 2020 - Fiona Brazil, Head of Human Resources
COVID-19 measures at ESO: information to retirees

Dear All, 

No doubt you are following the rapid developments of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.
We recognise that many of you might be concerned and worried. It is important that we inform you, as a former ESO staff member or widows, of ESO’s response and any implications this may have for you.

ESO is actively monitoring the situation and taking measures to ensure the safety of its staff and the public. These measures are being taken out of precaution: no COVID-19 case has been confirmed at any of the ESO sites.

The access to the ESO sites in Garching and in Chile is suspended until further notice for all visitors including those with access cards such as retirees. Please note that the CERN Headquarters are closed as well.

ESO’s observatory sites transitioned into a restricted operation mode, reducing the number of staff on site while maintaining basic science operations. We have moved towards remote working for as many staff as possible in Garching, Germany and Santiago, Chile. Those measures apply until at least 19 April 2020 and reviewed by the COVID-19 crisis management team of ESO.

This is a difficult time for all of us. However, please be assured that your usual contact person in Human Resources continues to be available during regular office hours, primarily by e-mail (*). Human Resources works in close contact with Cigna (*) and the Benefits Service of the CERN Pension Fund (*) who remain as well available for any questions you might have. 

We encourage you to keep abreast of the developments on the dedicated announcement available on the ESO public website: https://www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann20010/ This announcement is updated as things develop.

Best wishes,

Fiona Brazil
Head of Human Resources

(*) the corresponding e-mail addresses are contained in the original message distributed on 23 March 2020.

30 January 2020 - Sandro D'Odorico
Changes in Health Insurance benefits as of 1.1. 2020

As 1 January 2020 new reimbursement rates and ceilings apply for the following health insurance benifits: pharmaceutical costs, dental care, and orthodontic treatment. For further details please refer to the Cigna document.  

12 December 2019 - Martin Cullum

As some of you may have already heard, the newly elected ESO Representative at the GAC-EPA is Erik Allaert. I’m sure you will join me in wishing him well in this activity which is important for the retired staff although usually involves behind the scenes work that is not always obvious to the outside world.

After nearly 10 years serving on the GAC-EPA committee, I am happy to be able to hand over to Erik who I am sure will be an excellent representative. If you need to contact him, he can be reached at the following address: erik.allaert@gac-epa.org .

6 December 2019 - Rein Warmels

The slides from the All-Hands meeting given by the DG on Friday 6 December 2019, are now available from the Pensioners' Document repository.

4 December 2019 - Rein Warmels

The slides of the the Annual Information Meeting of CERN Pension Fund presentation at ESO on 23 October 2019 is available on the internal Documents and Presentations page.

20 November 2019 - Rein Warmels

The viewgraphs of the AMFIE presentation given at ESO on 13 November 2019 is now available on the internal Documents and Presentations page.

6 June 2019 - Rein Warmels

The slides from the All-Hands meeting given by the DG on Friday 6 June 2019, are now available from the Pensioners' Document repository.

11 April 2019 - Rein Warmels

The written text of the Annual Information Meeting of CERN Pension Fund presentation at ESO on 18 September 2018 is now available on the internal Documents and Presentations page.

11 April 2019 - Rein Warmels

The written text of the Annual Information Meeting of CERN Pension Fund presentation at ESO on 18 September 2018 is now available on the internal Documents and Presentations page.

11 April 2019 - Rein Warmels

The health insurance changes (as per 01/01/2019) mentioned by Sandro D'Odorico in the News item of 30 January are now avalable in a document that has been released by Cigna. For the details please check the document on the internal Documents and Presentations page, under Healthcare.