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C 131 A
Volume 56 8 May 2013

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Information and Notices
Contents

Notice No

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Announcements

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) 2013/C 131 A/01 Notice of open competitions .................................................................................................. 1

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V. based on qualifica­ tions and tests. VI. EPSO/AST/127/13 — PROOFREADERS WITH GREEK AS THEIR MAIN LANGUAGE (EL) EPSO/AST/128/13 — PROOFREADERS WITH PORTUGUESE AS THEIR MAIN LANGUAGE (PT) The purpose of these competitions is to draw up reserve lists from which to fill vacant posts in the institu­ tions of the European Union. RESERVE LISTS VIII. III. This guide is an integral part of the competition notice and will help you to understand the rules governing the procedure and how to apply. CONTENTS I. GENERAL BACKGROUND DUTIES ELIGIBILITY ADMISSION TESTS ADMISSION TO THE COMPETITION AND SELECTION BASED ON QUALIFICATIONS OPEN COMPETITION VII.5. Before applying. .2013 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 131 A/1 V (Announcements) ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES EUROPEAN PERSONNEL SELECTION OFFICE (EPSO) NOTICE OF OPEN COMPETITIONS (2013/C 131 A/01) The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is organising two open competitions. HOW TO APPLY (*) Any reference in this notice to a person of the male sex must be deemed also to constitute a reference to a person of the female sex. and in particular in the Publications Office of the European Union in Luxem­ bourg. IV. II.8. to constitute a reserve from which to recruit assistants (AST 3) (*). you should carefully read the Guide to open competitions published in Official Journal C 270 A of 7 September 2012 and on the EPSO website.

This involves: Processing of manuscripts: — prepare and clean manuscripts in terms of language. Remarks II.. . on paper and using software tools. page make-up and also in terms of structure (using XML editors) by checking if these are consistent with the original language. terminology. These competitions are intended for candidates who have a perfect command. If you do not have such a command. — check corrections made by external proofreaders. Number of successful sought per competition candidates EPSO/AST/127/13 — EL = 12 EPSO/AST/128/13 — PT = 12 This notice refers to two competitions.2013 1. — prepare texts to be published in the Official Journal. You must make your choice when you apply online and you will not be able to change it after you have confirmed and validated your online application form. style rules. — correct tests of candidates for proofreading support staff. You may not apply for more than one of these competitions. DUTIES Proofreaders are responsible for the correction of non-legislative and legislative texts adopted by the Euro­ pean Union (EU) institutions or EU information in terms of language and typography. — prepare manuscripts with regard to typography. of the language of the competition (mother tongue or equivalent knowledge). Communication with the production agent Quality control: — check if the published paper and/or electronic versions are uniform and compliant.C 131 A/2 EN Official Journal of the European Union I. on computer or paper. we would strongly advise you not to apply. etc. both written and spoken. — check the linguistic quality for other services. — check table of contents. GENERAL BACKGROUND 8.5. — copy-edit at the request of the author. — prepare manuscripts in the original language before adoption. 2. Proofreading of proofs: — compare the proof with the manuscript or previous proofs.

8. you must fulfil all the following general and specific condi­ tions: 1. Specific conditions 2. You must enjoy your full rights as a citizen. Professional experience: At least three years' professional experience in the field of proofreading. Such professional experience is relevant only if acquired after the diploma giving access to the competition was obtained and in the language of the competition. editing or produ­ cing publications intended for the public. . — participation in the development and updating of word lists for automatic correction. 2. followed by at least three years' professional experience in a field of activity of relevance to the EU institutions at a level equivalent to that of the competition. NB: These three years will not be counted towards the number of years' professional experi­ ence required below.5. ELIGIBILITY On the closing date for online applications. General conditions (a) (b) (c) (d) You must be a citizen of one of the Member States of the EU. Archiving of unit documentation III. You must have fulfilled any obligations imposed on you by the laws on military service.1. or (b) A level of education corresponding to secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to higher education.2013 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 131 A/3 Development and updating of the Interinstitutional Style Guide Improvement and maintenance of software tools: — participation in the development of functional specifications and the testing of software tools.2. Qualifications: Either (a) A level of education corresponding to completed post-secondary studies attested by a diploma in a field related to the duties in question. 2. You must meet the character requirements for the duties involved.

C 131 A/4 EN Official Journal of the European Union 8. it is legitimate to organise tests in the three languages so as to ensure that all candidates are able to work in at least one of them. (a) Language 1 Main language: perfect command of the language of the competition (b) Language 2 Second language: satisfactory knowledge of English. Important: 1. .2013 2. Invitation to the tests You will be invited to sit the tests if you have validated your application on time (see Section VIII). 1. None of this affects the possibility of later language training to enable staff to work in a third language.csp). This must be done by the deadline notified to you via your EPSO account. Language 2 = B2 — (http://europass. whatever their first official language. namely that they have a command of at least one of these languages. French or German IV. To ensure equal treatment for all candidates. Otherwise the efficient functioning of the institutions could be severely impaired.europa. after the deadline for applications. Knowledge of languages (1) Following the judgment given by the Court of Justice of the EU (Grand Chamber) in Case C-566/10 P. as the appointing authority. 2. as required under Article 45(2) of the Staff Regulations. where candidates for competitions are free to choose their second language. Consequently. Assessing specific competencies in this way allows the institu­ tions to evaluate candidates' ability to be immediately operational in an environment that closely matches the reality they would face on the job. and given the particular field of this competition. chosen from among these three.5. You must reserve a date to sit the tests. Moreover. ADMISSION TESTS The computer-based admission tests will be organised only if the number of candidates exceeds a certain threshold.eu/europass/home/hornav/Downloads/CEF/LanguageSelfAssessmentGrid. Candidates are therefore informed that the second language options in this competition have been defined in line with the interests of the service. (1) Please see the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages — minimum level required: Language 1 = C2. everyone — including those whose first offi­ cial language is one of the three — must take the test in their second language. The selection board decides on the difficulty of the tests and approves their subject matter on the basis of proposals made by EPSO. which require new recruits to be immediately operational and capable of communicating effectively in their daily work. these three are by far the most common choices.cedefop. the EU institutions must state the reasons for limiting the choice of the second language in this competition to a small number of offi­ cial EU languages. This confirms what is currently expected of candidates for EU posts in terms of their level of education and professional skills. Italy v Commission. It has long been the practice to use mainly English. By validating your application you declare that you meet the general and specific condi­ tions listed in Section III. The threshold will be determined by the Director of EPSO. This threshold can vary from one competition to another and you will be informed of the precise details via your EPSO account.3. French and German for internal communication in the EU institutions and these are also the languages most often needed when communicating with the outside world and dealing with cases. in balancing the inter­ ests and needs of the service and the abilities of candidates.

If prior admission tests are organised. Where a number of candidates tie for the last available place. compliance with the general and specific conditions will be checked for each competition in descending order of the marks obtained. before examining the applications. . The aggregate pass mark for tests (b) and (c) is 10. This selection is carried out solely on the basis of the information provided in the ‘Talent Screener ’ tab and takes place in two stages: — a first selection based on qualifications will be made solely on the basis of the responses ticked under the ‘Talent Screener ’ tab of the online application form and the weighting assigned to each of the questions. 3. Online applications of candidates below the threshold will not be examined. (a) Your answers to the questions relating to the general and specific conditions will be processed to deter­ mine whether you can be included in the list of candidates who fulfil all the conditions for admission to the competition. Language of the tests Language 1 V.2013 EN Official Journal of the European Union C 131 A/5 2. a check for compliance with the general and specific conditions and the selection based on qualifica­ tions will be carried out on the basis of the information given in your online application. The points are then multiplied by the weighting for each question and added together to give an overall score. The selection board will examine candidates' answers and will award 0 to 4 points for each answer. Nature and marking of tests Test (a) A series of tests comprising multiple-choice questions to assess your general aptitudes and competencies as regards: Verbal reasoning Marking: this test will be marked out of 20. until the number of candi­ dates defined by the appointing authority is reached who: — obtained the highest marks (and at least pass marks) in the admission tests.8. they will all be included in the selection phase based on qualifications. ADMISSION TO THE COMPETITION AND SELECTION BASED ON QUALIFICATIONS 1. Procedure Initially. — the number of files to be examined during the second stage will be approximately nine times the number of successful candidates sought that is indicated in this competition notice. Pass mark: 10 Test (b) Test (c) Numerical reasoning Abstract reasoning Marking: this test will be marked out of 10.5. (b) The selection board will then screen the candidates who fulfil the conditions for admission to the competition on the basis of their qualifications to identify those whose profile (particularly their diplomas and professional experience) best matches the duties and selection criteria set out in this competition notice. The online applications of the candidates who obtain the highest number of points will then go through to a second selection stage. and — satisfy the eligibility conditions. Marking: this test will be marked out of 10. The selection board will set the weighting (1 to 3) according to the importance attached to each criterion set out in point 3 below.

or producing teaching materials in Greek or Portuguese. other than that required under Section III. These candidates must also have obtained pass marks in tests (a).info/). Professional experience.2.g.2).2. 2.ec. (2) Candidates who are not invited to take the assessment tests will be sent the results of their assessment and the weighting applied by the selection board to each question. The number of candidates invited to the assessment tests will not exceed three times the number of successful candidates sought (per competition) (2). French or German (different from the second language chosen by the candidate) attested by a certificate. supporting documents will be taken into account only to confirm the information already given under the ‘Talent Screener ’ tab. for the general conditions this will be done by EPSO. — written journalism in Greek or Portuguese. Applications will be verified for candidates with the highest aggregate marks and at least pass marks in assessment tests (d). 2. other than that required under Section III. literature. diploma or other proof (minimum level required: B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)). the information given by candidates in their online applications will be verified against the supporting documents they have provided.2. journalism or the study of those languages (e. If verification shows that the information given ( 3) is not borne out by the appropriate supporting documents. A university diploma in Greek or Portuguese related to publishing. A satisfactory knowledge of English. candidates will be disqualified. Verification will continue until the number of candidates who can be placed on the reserve list and who actually fulfil all the conditions for admission reaches the threshold. (e). europa. 4. in one or more of the following fields: — editing or producing publications in the language of the competition. — teaching Greek or Portuguese. linguistics. the following criteria will be taken into consideration by the selection board: 1. Professional experience. and in the light of the results.2. (b) and (c).5. (f) and (g).eu/eu-careers. or teaching Greek or Portuguese to native speakers or as a foreign language). — translation using Greek or Portuguese. in the field of proof­ reading publications in Greek or Portuguese. This number will be published on EPSO's website (http://blogs. Selection criteria For the selection based on qualifications.1 and Section VIII. while for the specific conditions it will be done by the selection board.C 131 A/6 EN Official Journal of the European Union 8. . (3) This information will be verified against the supporting documents before the reserve list is drawn up (see Section VII.1 and 2.2013 The selection board will then draw up a list of candidates in the order of the overall scores awarded. 3. The files of candidates below the threshold will not be examined.1 and 2. in descending order. In assessing qualifications. Verification of information given by candidates Following the assessment tests. 3.

they will all be invited to the assessment tests. which will normally be held in Luxembourg over the course of one or two days (5). OPEN COMPETITION C 131 A/7 1. (b) and (c). the reasoning tests may be held in test centres in the Member States. Invitation to assessment tests the If you are one of the candidates (4) — who. grammar and typography) in the language of the competition (Language 1) (+/– 3 hours). and — who obtained one of the highest marks in the selection based on qualifications. These general competencies will be tested as shown in the following table: Group exercise Structured interview Analysis and problem-solving x Communicating x Delivering quality and results x Learning and development x x Prioritising and organising x x Resilience x x Working with others x (4) Where a number of candidates tie for the last available place. (7) More information on these competencies can be found in point 1. sepa­ rately from the other assessment tests. (6) The content of these exercises is approved by the selection board. fulfil the general and specific conditions listed in Section III. . — your specific competencies in the field will be assessed by means of the following (6): (d) proofreading against manuscripts: a text (spelling and grammar) in the language of the competition (Language 1) and a number of printers' proofs (spelling. you will be invited to sit the assessment tests.5. Assessment tests You will undergo three types of assessment: — — — — reasoning ability (if not already assessed by prior admission tests): tests (a). according to the information given in the online application.2 of the Guide to open competitions. based on the information provided in the ‘ Talent Screener ’ tab of your application. (e) a structured interview on your competencies in the field. — your general competencies (7) will be assessed by means of the following (6): (f) a group exercise. specific competencies: exercises (d) and (e).2013 EN Official Journal of the European Union VI. (b) a numerical reasoning test.8. your reasoning ability will be assessed by means of the following (6): (a) a verbal reasoning test. (5) Depending on organisational constraints. (c) an abstract reasoning test. general competencies: exercises (f) and (g). (g) a structured interview on your general competencies. 2.

HOW TO APPLY 1. (f) and (g) 4. Deadline (including validation): 11 June 2013 at 12. you will have to bring with you your full application file (signed online application form and supporting docu­ ments) when you attend the assessment tests (9). VIII. Language of the tests Language 1 for exercises (a).5. 2.00 (midday). (b). Reserve lists The selection board will place your name on the reserve list: — if you obtained pass marks in tests (a) to (g) and are one of the candidates with the highest aggregate marks in assessment tests (d). Marking Reasoning ability (a) Verbal: marked out of 20 Pass mark: 10 (b) Numerical: marked out of 10 (c) Abstract: marked out of 10 Aggregate pass mark for tests (b) and (c): 10 Tests (a). — and if your supporting documents show that you meet all the eligibility requirements. (f) and (g) ( 8) (see number of successful candidates.C 131 A/8 EN Official Journal of the European Union 8. and (c) are eliminatory. Submission of appli­ cation files If you are one of the candidates invited to the assessment tests. Specific competencies Test (d): marked out of 60 Pass mark: 30 Test (e): marked out of 40 Pass mark: 20 Weighting: 65 % of the overall mark General competencies (tests (f) and (g)) Marked out of 10 for each general competency Pass mark: 3 for each competency and an aggregate of 35 out of 70 for all seven general competencies Weighting: 35 % of the overall mark VII. (e). Section I. but the marks will not be added to the marks for the other assessment tests. Brussels time.2013 3. Online application You must apply online. . (b). Classification Lists will be drawn up for each competition and names will be listed in alphabetical order. (9) You will be notified in good time of the date when you have to attend the assessment tests via your EPSO account. following the instructions on the EPSO website and particularly in the online application manual. they will all be placed on the reserve list. (8) Where a number of candidates tie for the last available place.1 of the Guide to open competitions. Details: see point 6. RESERVE LISTS 1.1). 2. (c) and (d) Language 2 for exercises (e).

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