13 October 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Alfred Sant (S&D)

Subject: Commission plans regarding the politicisation of administrator appointments within the Commission

Having regard to complaints that are being made about the increasing politicisation of administrator appointments within the Commission, does the Commission have any plans to introduce further rules which would strengthen transparency and impartiality when it comes to the appointment of Commission officials, especially appointments to senior management positions?

25 November 2014
Answer given by Ms Georgieva on behalf of the Commission
The Commission has adopted strict procedural rules for appointments to management positions, in order to ensure the equal treatment of all candidates and the choice of the best qualified person for the post concerned.

These rules are set out in Decision SEC(2004)1352/2 of 25 October 2004 for senior management positions. The applications are first examined by a pre-selection panel which identifies the persons with the best profile for the post and invites them for an interview. Thereafter, the pre-selection panel proposes a list of candidates for further interviews with the Consultative Committee on Appointments (CCA), which is composed of high-ranking Commission officials.

Candidates interviewed by the CCA are also asked to participate in an assessment centre run by external human resources experts. On the basis of its interviews, and taking account of the results of the assessment centre, the CCA establishes a shortlist of candidates.

This shortlist is then submitted to the responsible Member(s) of the Commission who interviews these candidates. The final appointment decision is taken by the College of Commissioners.

While an adaptation of certain aspects may be envisaged with a view to further improvements, the Commission does not intend to fundamentally change the selection procedure, which allows a thorough and objective assessment of the qualifications and merits of each applicant.

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