In this context, Union officials are actively involved in the organisation of meetings and, in addition, they need time to prepare and carry out the follow-up work they carry out. Up to 10 observers should be allowed to participate in bargaining meetings at any time, as workers, many of whom pay contributions to the Union, have the right to know how their trade union leaders think about the negotiations; In addition, the admission of observers could be part of the training of future EU negotiators. Since the workers held the bargaining sessions in their spare time, i.e. during breaks or on vacation, the employer does not have to bear any costs. With regard to mediation procedures, the parties have not had much success in the past in using the services of the FMCS; The Union considers that fmcs tend to release parties to the body too quickly. Given the history of the parties, 2 days of mediation is enough time to spend with the FMCS. In addition, limiting mediation to 2 days would allow the parties to both meet their legal mediation requirement before receiving panel support and keep the negotiation process fluid. Before the panel, each party was able to request a procedure to resolve the remaining issues, with the Union favouring private mediation/arbitration. Only at this stage is it likely that the parties will conclude unresolved issues. c. The Ministry shall not impose an obligation within the meaning of Article 7117 of the Staff Regulations before the end of the 40th day of negotiation. d.