Internal Competitions

NEW COMPETITION – SAME OLD STORY!

Another Internal Competition has just been announced which is exclusively open to Temporary Agents (TAs), i.e., mainly cabinet staff as well as our JPP ”Jeunesse dorée”. Oops HR did it again! 

While, in the interest of fairness and equal career opportunities, we have repeatedly demanded to allow ASTs, AST-SCs and CAs to participate in internal competitions, HR has again been cooking up a tailor-made scheme for a certain group. In addition, this small group will not be even required to pass a CBT on verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning like M. or Mme. Tout le monde, which is the usual requirement in EPSO external competitions to become an official.

Why are ASTs, AST-SCs and CAs excluded?

The answer is simple. Continue reading NEW COMPETITION – SAME OLD STORY!

Internal competitions: EU institutions doing it differently

Contrary to the oft-repeated instructions that those applying for any internal competition [1] must belong to the same function group (here too), there are no Staff Regulations provisions that prohibit or limit the participation e.g. of officials AST/SC staff in AST internal competitions.

It is exactly because there are no legal restrictions, other EU institutions (the European Parliament, the Court of Justice, and the Committee of the Regions) allow AST/SC staff to apply for AST posts in their internal competitions. Continue reading Internal competitions: EU institutions doing it differently

Need to design a modern HR policy? Please start with the most evident modifications!

Generation 2004 strongly believes that a professional and efficient public administration implies competent, motivated and impartial civil servants working in a system dedicated to serving the public interest. However, while it may be relatively easy to of a merit-based civil service in conceptual terms, it is much more difficult to define the ways and means of putting it in practice. If anyone has any doubts about this, then Generation 2004 suggests that any doubtful minds consults. Continue reading Need to design a modern HR policy? Please start with the most evident modifications!

Contract Agents’ and Assistants’ access to internal competitions: Reply by Director-General Ingestad

In early July, following the announcement of an internal Administrator (AD5) competition tailored only to temporary agents, Generation 2004 addressed a note on Contract Agents’ and Assistants’ access to internal competitions to the Director-General of DG HR, Gertrud Ingestad.

At the same time, we also launched a petition in support of contract agents [1]. Continue reading Contract Agents’ and Assistants’ access to internal competitions: Reply by Director-General Ingestad

You are hired/fired: Recruitment trends at the Commission!

As can be seen from recent statistics (see table), the only category of staff that is currently still growing is the Contract Agent (CA) category. Looking at the data and comparing this growth with the recent trend in the recruitment of permanent officials (‘fonctionnaires‘), we can conclude that the Commission has begun a process of replacing permanent officials with CAs [1]. Continue reading You are hired/fired: Recruitment trends at the Commission!