[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

segunda-feira, 24 de abril de 2017

EU offers more language choice to hopeful recruits

The European Personnel Selection Office in Brussels.
[European Union]

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.

Language discrimination rife across EU

Calls for legislation to be drawn up or even for a Language Commissioner to be appointed have been made, in order to combat a rising number of discrimination cases across the European Union.


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.


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