The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) has launched a new recruitment drive for EU administrators after electing to not organise any administrator competitions in 2016 following a legal dispute with the Italian and Spanish governments.
In a September 2015 case, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in favour of Italy and Spain’s claim that EPSO’s recruitment policy was discriminatory, as it obliged candidates to select English, French and German as the testing languages.
The court also annulled the results of three recruitment drives launched in 2012 and 2013, which had only offered a choice between the EU’s three working languages.
EPSO responded by cancelling all upcoming plans for more AD5 Generalist competitions and only scheduled specialised tests to respond to urgent recruitment needs, such as translation and auditing. AD5 is the level where most EU staffers start their career with the European institutions.