20. EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES RECRUITMENT OFFICE
(a) Draft Decision of the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, the Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the Ombudsman establishing a European Communities Recruitment Office.
(b) Draft Decision between the same bodies on the organisation and operation of the European Communities Recruitment Office.
(c) Draft Agreement between the same bodies setting out the common principles for a shared selection and recruitment policy and the principles for managing reserve lists.
|Legal base:||(a) Article 2(3) of Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom, ECSC) No. 259/68;
(b) Article 2(3) of Council Regulation (EEC, Euratom, ECSC) No. 259/68 and Article 5 of the decision at (a) above;
(c) The Decisions at (a) and (b)
|Document originated:||6 March 2002
|Deposited in Parliament:||3 April 2002
|Department:||Foreign and Commonwealth Office
|Basis of consideration:||Minister's letter of 20 May 2002
|Previous Committee Report:||HC 152-xxvii (2001-02), paragraph 3 (1 May 2002)
|To be discussed in Council:||No date set
|Committee's assessment:||Politically important
20.1 We considered these proposals for the establishment
of an inter-institutional European Communities Recruitment Office
(ERO) on 1 May 2002. Whilst welcoming them, we noted that there
could be some difficulty for the institutions in recruiting sufficient
interpreters and translators to cope with their needs after enlargement.
We therefore asked the Government whether the institutions were
making any advance preparations.
The Minister's letter
20.2 The Minister for Europe (Mr Peter Hain) describes
the preparations that are being made. Language staff will be amongst
the first to be recruited. Temporary staff from each prospective
Member State are expected to be in place about a year to six months
prior to enlargement. Throughout 2003, competitions for permanent
posts will be run, so that reserve lists of successful candidates
will be available as soon as possible after enlargement. Many
of the temporary staff are expected to compete successfully for
permanent posts. The institutions cannot recruit any permanent
staff from candidate countries until after enlargement.
20.3 The Minister is confident that the European Recruitment
Office will provide an efficient and improved service.
European Parliament's concerns
20.4 When the Commission Vice-President for Administrative
Reform, Mr Neil Kinnock, appeared before the Legal Affairs and
Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament on 21 May,
concerns were expressed about the effect of the proposals for
a European Recruitment Office on the autonomy of the European
Parliament. The Commissioner later responded in writing to a note
on these from the Chairman of the Committee and we understand
that the European Parliament is now expected to propose only minor
amendments to the text.
20.5 Having drawn our concerns on this issue to the
Government's attention, and having now received this reassurance
from the Minister, we clear the document.