Bulletin 30

Spring 2005

  1. President's Remarks
  2. Editorial
  3. Committee Activities
  4. Rights And Obligations Of Cern Pensioners
  5. Permanences
  6. The CERN Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS)
  7. The Pension Fund
  8. SCC Working Group on Pension Guarantees

President's Remarks

(Original French)
There was good participation in the election of committee members.  Most of the members arriving at the end of their mandates were re-elected and I thank you for this. A new member was elected:  Carlo Vandoni, whom we are happy to welcome into the Committee.  He will replace Jean-Pierre Dauvergne who chose not to stand for re-election, as did Susanne Muratori, who was not replaced because of the lack of candidates.  We regret her departure; as Vice-President she was most efficient and always available.  Thanks to her efforts, the ‘matinée des retraités' for CERN's 50th anniversary was a great success.  We choose this occasion to express our profound thanks.

Last minute news:  more that 1000 among us sent the letter to the Governing Board of the Pension Fund, a very good result given the brief delays imposed.

We shall have the opportunity to discuss this matter at the forthcoming general assembly, to which you are all cordially invited.

Philippe BERNARD

Editorial

There is not a great deal to say in this Bulletin coming out now in order to return to the established timing: in Spring, before the General Assembly, and in the Autumn.. This edition will thus be quite short.

However there is much to be done in the future, especially in the matter of obtaining a real representation of pensioners' interests in the bodies which determine their social and financial status, whether they be existing or future retirees

Jean-Marie THOMAS

Committee Activities

August 2004 to February 2005
(Original French)
The 20-member committee in 2004, and 19-member committee in 2005, met 4 times during this period, with an average attendance of 17 members, under its President, Philippe Bernard. Principal matters dealt with were as follows :3

Statutary Activities

Election results and the new Committee

The present Committee was elected in autumn 2004, when the mandates of 12 of the 20 members were set to expire 31 December. The remaining 8 members, including 6 Delegates, were elected in 2003. Retiring members included the President and Vice- President of GAC, and 3 Delegates to the Staff Association.

The new Committee formally took office 1 January 2005.

As we informed you in the previous Bulletin, only 11 candidates came forward for the 12 vacant posts; 10 members of the previous Committee presented themselves for re-election and there was only one new candidate: Mr. Carlo-Enrico Vandoni. The Committee is disappointed by the lack of response among new GAC members to the call for candidates, considering the increasing need for a dynamic defence of pensioners' interests.

The future of our retirees, above all the younger ones, seems far from problem-free. Please remember this when the next call for candidates comes out in June 2005, and let us have more candidates.

Vote counting took place 23 November 2004, and in view of the lack of candidates yielded no surprises . 53% of the electorate participated, and candidates were supported by between 90% and 96.7% of voters.

The new Committee, composed of the 11 newly elected members and the 8 members elected in 2003, met for the first time 3 December 2004. Philippe Bernard was unanimously chosen to continue as President, and the Committee expressed its warm thanks for their commitment to the 2 members stepping down (Mme Susanne Muratori, Vice- President , and Mr. Jean-Pierre Dauvergne, Delegate).

As 18 Committee members sat on the previous Committee, the President proposed that these members should retain their previous functions, and that Mr. Carlo-Enrico Valdini assume the vacant post of Delegate.  The new structure chart for 2005 is very similar to that for 2004.

Relation with the CERN management

The ceremonies associated with the fiftieth anniversary of CERN provided the occasion to make contact with the new CERN management in preparing the ‘matinée des retraités' of 15 October. Many pensioners attended this very successful event, and the presence of the Director General was much appreciated. Our Committee wishes to express our thanks to the three speakers for their interesting presentations:

The Committee is examining the possibility of publishing the text of these talks for distribution to GAC members. Our Committee members were invited by the Director General to take part in the official 50th Anniversary ceremonies as representatives of the pensioners.

Relation with the Staff Association

The Staff Association vigorously stated the pensioners' case in discussions with the CERN Administration concerning the non-indexation of pensions. This matter is treated in the relevant section of this Bulletin.

Likewise our 9 Delegates participate in the Commissions established by the Staff Association in matters concerning pensioners, as shown in the organigram above.

The sections of this Bulletin concerning health insurance, the Pension Fund and guarantees in case of dissolution of the Organisation are deliberately kept brief to avoid repetition, as Bulletin 29 was published only 3 months ago.

Contacts with present and future retirees

In the period we cover, at 4 permanence sessions, 3 GAC members have replied to questions concerning the retirement of new and future pensioners with particular problems.

A good number of pensioners turned up at our Christmas drink, for the pleasure of meeting old friends and colleagues.  Philippe Bernard in his welcoming address regretted having to inform pensioners of the Council decision not to index pensions in this year of the 50th anniversary of CERN.  You will read later in this edition of our Committee's proposals for a strategy for action to counter this move.

Olivier BAYARD – Michel MATHIEU

Permanences

December 2004 to February 2005

(Original French)
Regular announcements in the CERN weekly bulletin encourage pensioners and those soon to be pensioners to pay us a visit.

In the bulletin no.5 of 31 January 2005, under the heading GAC, information was given concerning extensive maintenance work in building 64. While this is going on, the Permanences will be held in different rooms. Inquire in the Staff Association office on arrival.

Questions raised during the session of 1 February 2005:

While the problems arising from the imposition of the CRDS and the CSG are now more or less settled, questions relating to income tax arise frequently among our new, younger colleagues. Don't hesitate to contact us - we will do our best to inform and help you.

What is the reason for the recent UNIQA stipulation that proof must be given of the settlement of medical bills?

Following fraudulent expense claims, this Health Insurance clause has been re-introduced - read carefully the article by J.-P. Diss and P. Lazeyras in this Bulletin.

Regularly questions arise concerning the painful matter of long-term care. This scheme is explained in the CHIS Bull' No.7 of February 2001.

Next permanences: 14:00 to 17:00 Tuesdays 5 April, 3 May, 7 June,.

Françoise BEETSCHEN-BUTTAY, Mario CESELLI, Jean-Pierre DAUVERGNE

Obituary

We have learned with regret of the deaths of our former colleagues given below:

René SILLANOLI ex-SB 21 December 2004
Carmen BUSSAT ex-EP 27 December 2004
Sergio FUBINI ex-TH 8 January 2005
René MARCON ex-CN 8 January 2005
Michel HORVATH ex-MT 14 January 2005
Henri TALBOOM ex-PE 18 January 2005
Heiner HERR ex-EP 19 January 2005
Juan ACOSTA-SANCHEZ ex-DD 21 January 2005
Louis JOTTERAND ex-ST 25 February 2005

and of the death of other beneficiaries of the Pension Fund:

Renée BARONNET (widow of Jean-Claude, ex-MT) 23 December 2004
Liliane GLASER (widow of Vladimir, ex-TH 14 January 2005
Barbara HARDT (widow of Werner, ex-PS) 23 February 2005

On behalf of all members of GAC, the Committee sends its sincerest sympathy to the bereaved families.

The CERN Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS)

(Original French)
There are some important matters to report on since the appearance of the last Bulletin.

In the first case we must inform you that UNIQA has uncovered several cases of fraudulent claims based on doctors' fees. The CHIS Board has therefore asked UNIQA strictly to apply the existing rule requiring proof of payment with each medical expenses claim. We are well aware that this can complicate the procedure, as much for us as for UNIQA, but we must combat such abuses. Let us not forget that CERN is the insurer, and we and our money are concerned. The job of UNIQA is to manage the system efficiently.

At its first two sessions in 2005 the CHIS Board established its programme of work for the year. Without going too far into details, it is proposed to examine the various maxima of reimbursement stipulated in our rules; among others the case for revising residence costs in long-term care will be considered. At the same time, particular attention will be paid to preventive medicine in certain recent scourges (diabetes, cancers, psycho-somatic disorders etc.) without forgetting the consequences of professional hazards.

The introduction in Switzerland of the TARMED system of tariffs for ambulatory cases seems to have increased reimbursements to our members, at least during the first half of 2004. In any case, first results from our accountants confirm a steady rise in the costs to our health insurance. Globally we see an increase of some 7% over the 12 months of 2004. In detail we observe a little less than 4% for doctors' fees, 5.27% in pharmaceutical expenses, 7.57% for hospitalisation overall, and 9.25% for radiography and various other treatments.

A number of agreements have been signed or prolonged with medical establishments, amongst which we must mention the Hôpital de la Tour, which remains however a particularly expensive establishment.

Jean-Paul Diss, Pierre Lazeyras, Robert Muzelier

The Pension Fund

On 4,5 and 6 October 2004, the Governing Board

On 2 November and 7 December 2004, the Governing Board

For more details, see the Weekly Bulletin No.45/2004 and 04/2005

2. Second and third trimester of the active portfolio

During this period the active portfolio (in MCHF) has evolved as follows:

Date Bonds Equities Cash Total
31 March 1030.6 736.9 153.3 1920.8
30 June 1110.2 871.5 121.8 2103.5
30 September 1099.6 917.2 233.7 2250.5

On 30 October 2003, the total assets of the Fund were reckoned as 3'632 MCHF (3'532 MCHF at Dec. 2002)

In recent months this trend has continued in all the major stock exchanges.

These considerable gains have, however, caused some profit-taking which has frequently depressed the market. From mid-June to mid-September there occurred a drop in bond values provoked by the prospects of growth in the American economy. Fears for the durability of this upturn arrested the increase in interest rates.

In Europe future projections indicate that the market will pick up, despite significant profit-taking in September on the German stock exchange.

Three months results of American enterprises have exceeded the forecasts of analysts in two cases out of three. The Japanese economy is performing better than expected, but by measure of prudence the Fund is little involved.

For the current year, it seems likely that the positive yield of the Fund will be around 7 to 8%, after three yields of negative yields. The contrat of one fund manager has been cancelled for reasons of inadequate performance and replaced by a new contract with another firm. The optimisation of our cash holdings necessary to cover our commitments is being examined, taking into account the levels of benefits being paid out and fluctuations in the market.

Jean-François BARTHÉLEMY, François WITTGENSTEIN

SCC Working Group on Pension Guarantees

(original French)
Since the last edition of the Bulletin, there is little progress to report in the work of the Group.

CERN staff concerned have been too busy with dayto- day matters in the Organisation. This is regrettable and most frustrating for us, the principal people interested, the more so as the Working Group is a commission established at the request of TREFF.

We shall continue to try to advance this work as best we may.

René BARTHELEMY, Edith DELUERMOZ

First supplements to the actuarial analysis of 1 January 2004

See directly in the page of this analysis.

Jean-François Barthelemy et François Wittgenstein