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25.1.

2001 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 24 A/31

NOTICE OF OPEN COMPETITIONS COM/A/3/01 AND COM/A/4/01

(2001/C 24 A/04)

The Commission of the European Communities is organising two open competitions, (1) based on a series
of tests, to constitute a reserve of

ADMINISTRATORS (A 7/A 6) and

PRINCIPAL ADMINISTRATORS (A 5/A 4)

in the field of taxation

(male or female)

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION

II. DUTIES

III. ELIGIBILITY

IV. ADMISSION

V. RECONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS

VI. INVITATION TO TESTS

VII. TESTS — MARKING

VIII. RESERVE LIST

IX. RECRUITMENT

X. APPLICATIONS

ANNEX: Specific conditions applicable to officials and other servants of the European Communities.

I. INTRODUCTION

1. General

These competitions are being organised to recruit grade A 7/A 6 administrators (COM/A/3/01) and
grade A 5/A 4 principal administrators (COM/A/4/01) in the field of taxation, in order to constitute a
reserve, for the A 7/A 6 level, of 30 successful candidates to fill a number of vacancies estimated, as a
rough guide, at 20, and, for the A 5/A 4 level, of 20 successful candidates to fill a number of vacancies
estimated, as a rough guide, at 15.

(1) This notice refers to competitions COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) and COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4). Where the same
information applies to both competitions, it is presented in a single column; where there are differences, the
information is presented in two columns: the left-hand column applies to the A 7/A 6 competition, and the right-
hand column applies to the A 5/A 4 competition.
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The Commission is publishing notices simultaneously for competitions COM/A/1/01 (A 7/A 6),
COM/A/2/01 (A 5/A 4) and COM/B/1/01 (B 5/B 4) in the field of customs.

As these competitions are being organised in parallel, applications from candidates entering
for more than one of these five competitions shall be invalid.

The names of the members of the selection boards will be published in the C series of the Official
Journal of the European Communities.

It is categorically prohibited for candidates to make any contact, either direct or indirect,
with the selection boards. Any infringement of this rule will lead to the candidate(s) being
disqualified from the competition.

2. Equal opportunities

The Commission takes great care to avoid any form of discrimination, both during the recruitment
procedure and when making internal appointments.

The Commission is an equal opportunities employer and particularly welcomes applications from
women.

The Commission applies the same policy of non-discrimination to disabled candidates.

3. Place of employment

Brussels, Luxembourg or any other place of Commission activity.

4. Approximate timing

— pre-selection tests: May/June 2001,

— written tests: May/June 2001,

— oral test: September/October 2001,

— publication of reserve lists: November 2001.

5. Recommendation

Before completing your application form and the required enclosures (optical reader form), you are
urged to read carefully this competition notice and the accompanying guide published in this issue of
the Official Journal of the European Communities. They contain useful information on eligibility, how to
fill in both the application form and the optical reader form and the procedure to follow for the
competitions.

6. The closing date for the submission of applications is 2 March 2001.

II. DUTIES

Administrative, advisory and supervisory duties, following general guidelines, in the following areas of
European Community activity:

1. Direct taxation

Providing highly specialised technical advice on company and/or personal taxation, monitoring tax
policy in the Member States and at Community and international level, Member States’ tax legislation
and implementation of Community rules.
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2. VAT

Providing highly specialised technical advice in the field of VAT policy and legislation, evaluation of
VAT control and fraud prevention, monitoring national VAT legislation and implementation of the
Community VAT provisions in candidate countries.

3. Other indirect taxes

Developing tax policy in relation to the environment, transport and energy. Application of existing
Community excise legislation (alcohol, tobacco products, mineral oils) and development of enhanced
control procedures and the fight against fraud.

4. Economic analysis and evaluation of taxes, notably, the economic effects of national policies on
statutory contributions and charges which have an impact on Community policy, with particular
reference to tax reform and adoption of new finance laws; economic and financial consequences of
tax measures proposed by the Commission.

For competition COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4), management and coordination duties and negotiation at
international level are also included.

III. ELIGIBILITY

The competition is open to candidates who, on the closing date for the submission of applications, satisfy
the following requirements.

A. GENERAL CONDITIONS

— you must be a national of one of the Member States of the Community,

— you must enjoy full rights as a citizen,

— you must have fulfilled any obligations imposed on you by the laws concerning military service,

— you must meet the character requirements for the duties involved.

B. SPECIAL CONDITIONS

1. Age limit

COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4)
You must have been born after 2 March 1955. You must have been born after 2 March 1950.

2. Certificates, diplomas and professional experience

— Certificates and diplomas

You must have successfully completed a course at university level and obtained a degree. Only
candidates with a degree that could give access to doctoral studies will be considered. The
selection board will allow for differences between education systems. An indication of the
qualifications required can be found in the table annexed to the guide.

Candidates must provide a copy of the degree certificate.
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— Professional experience

COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4)
Candidates must have at least three years’ Candidates must have at least 12 years’ gradu-
graduate level professional experience since ate level professional experience since obtaining
obtaining their degree in a field relevant to the their degree, including six years in a field
duties described at II above. relevant to the duties described at II above.

You must provide proof of all your professional experience in the form of attestations
specifying the starting and ending dates and the exact duties performed.

The following will also count as experience:

— duly attested work placements or periods of specialist or further training preparing for the duties
described at II above undertaken since you obtained the diploma making you eligible for the
competition,

— additional periods of training, education or research in the fields concerned preparing for the
duties described at II above, provided that, on completion, you obtaineda certificate or diploma at
least equivalent to that required for admission to the competition.

You must give details of all education, training courses, training periods, research and professional
experience on your application form and you must attach supporting documents, which must be
numbered (see X.1 below).

3. Knowledge of languages

You must have a thorough knowledge of one of the official Community languages (Danish, Dutch,
English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish or Swedish) and a satisfactory
knowledge of a second of these languages. You should specify all languages of which you have
knowledge on the application form and the optical reader form; no supporting documents are
required.

Once specified, you may not change the languages in which you wish to take the tests.

C. SPECIFIC CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO OFFICIALS AND OTHER SERVANTS OF THE EUROPEAN
COMMUNITIES

Officials and other servants of the European Communities are subject to special conditions detailed in the
annex.

IV. ADMISSION

1. The appointing authority will draw up a list of candidates who satisfy the general conditions and will
send this list, together with the candidates’ files, to the chairman of the selection board.

2. After considering these files, the selection board will draw up a list of candidates who meet the
condition set out at III.B.1 above (age limit) and are thus to be admitted to the pre-selection tests.

3. On the basis of the results of the pre-selection tests the selection board will draw up the lists of
candidates to be admitted to the written tests, i.e. those who both meet all the conditions for
admission set out at III above and have obtained the 90 highest scores (1) in the pre-selection tests for
competition COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) and the 60 highest scores (1) in the pre-selection tests for
competition COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4), in accordance with point VII of the notice of competition.

(1) Candidates with identical marks qualifying them for the last place will all be admitted to the next stage of the
competition.
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4. Before you are admitted to the written tests, your qualifications will be checked to ensure that they
correspond to the conditions specified in the competition notice. This check will be based on the
information you provided in your application form and the requisite attached supporting documents.
In particular, you must number the supporting documents annexed to your application form (see,
also, X.1 below). You are therefore urged to complete your application with the utmost accuracy.

5. If you fail to submit a signed application form and all the supporting documents, including
the optical reader form, by the closing date for the submission of applications, you will not
be admitted to the competition.

6. You will be informed personally by letter of the selection board’s decisions concerning your file.

7. If, at any stage in the procedure, the selection board finds that the information on your
application form is incorrect or does not tally with the supporting documents or that you do
not meet one or more of the general or special conditions for admission to the competition,
you will be disqualified.

V. RECONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS

If you feel that a mistake has been made regarding your eligibility you may ask to have your application
reconsidered. Within 30 calendar days of the date postmarked on the letter stating that you have not
been admitted to the competition, you should send a letter giving the reasons why you feel that a mistake
has been made, quoting the number of the competition, to the chairman of the selection board at the
following address:

European Commission
Recruitment Policy Unit — MO 34 2/31
Open competition COM/A/3/01 or COM/A/4/01
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels.

The selection board will reconsider your application and notify you of its decision as promptly as
possible.

VI. INVITATION TO TESTS

Invitations to attend the tests are sent by letter. You are responsible for notifying the secretariat of the
selection board immediately of any change of address. Bearing in mind the time mail takes to arrive
and the information contained in the timetable, it is your responsibility to contact the
Recruitment Policy Unit by fax (1) or letter if you have not received an invitation to attend or a
letter stating that you have not been admitted to the competition.

VII. TESTS — MARKING

A. PRE-SELECTION TESTS

(a) A test comprising a series of multiple choice questions to assess your general ability, in particular
your verbal and numerical reasoning capacity.

This test will be marked out of 40 (pass mark: 20).

(1) Fax number of the Recruitment Policy Unit (32-2) 295 74 76.
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(b) A test comprising a series of multiple choice questions to assess your specialised knowledge in
relation to the duties described at II above.

This test will be marked out of 40 (pass mark: 20).

(c) A test comprising a series of multiple choice questions to assess your knowledge of the main
developments in European integration and Community policies.

This test will be marked out of 20 (pass mark: 10).

(d) A test comprising a series of multiple choice questions to test your knowledge of a second Community
language (chosen by you and specified on your application form).

This test will be marked out of 20 (pass mark: 10).

IMPORTANT!

You must sit test (d) in one of the official Community languages other than the one you choose for
tests (a), (b), (c), (e) and (f).

Wrong answers made in the pre-selection tests will not be penalised.

B. WRITTEN TESTS

(e) A case study to test your knowledge, comprehension skills, and ability to analyse and summarise in
relation to the duties described at II above.

This test will be marked out of 40 (pass mark: 20).

For competition COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4) only

(f) A case study to assess your capacity for management, coordination and negotiation at international
level, in relation to the duties described at II above.

This test will be marked out of 20 (pass mark: 10).

Time allowed for the written tests

The time allowed for the written tests will be fixed by the selection board; you will be notified of the
time allowed when you receive your invitation to the tests, the date of which cannot be changed.

All the pre-selection tests and written tests may be held at a single sitting.

C. ORAL TEST

(g) Interview with the selection board to enable it to complete its assessment of your suitability to carry
out the duties described at II above. The interview will also focus on your specialised knowledge,
knowledge of languages required by the notice of competition (see point III.B.3), and ability to adjust
to work in a multicultural environment.

This test will be marked out of 40 (pass mark: 20) for the A 7/A 6 competition. This test will be
marked out of 60 (pass mark: 30) for the A 5/A 4 competition.
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D. ADMISSION TO SUBSEQUENT STAGES OF THE COMPETITION

For each test, any mark obtained which is lower than the pass mark will be eliminatory.

Pre-selection tests (a), (b), (c) and (d) will be corrected first.

COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4)

1. Test (e) will be marked only in the case of 1. Tests (e) and (f) will be marked only in the case
the 90 candidates with the highest combined of the 60 candidates with the highest combined
scores (1) for tests (a), (b), (c) and (d), who meet scores (1) for tests (a), (b), (c) and (d), who meet
the eligibility criteria laid down under IV. the eligibility criteria laid down under IV.

2. The 45 candidates with the highest combined 2. The 30 candidates with the highest combined
scores (1) in test (e) will be admitted to the oral scores (1) in tests (e) and (f) will be admitted to
test (g). the oral test (g).

VIII. RESERVE LIST

COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4)

At the end of the competition, the selection board At the end of the competition, the selection board
will draw up an alphabetical reserve list of the will draw up an alphabetical reserve list of the
candidates who have obtained the 30 highest candidates who have obtained the 20 highest
combined scores (1) for tests (e) and (g). combined scores (1) for tests (e), (f) and (g).

You will be informed personally by letter whether or not you have been placed on the list.

The reserve lists will be published in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

IX. RECRUITMENT

Candidates placed on the reserve lists will be eligible for appointment, as required by the Commission.

Candidates will be recruited as funds become available.

If the needs of the service or the nature of the post should so require, candidates on the reserve list may
be offered a temporary contract; in this case, their names will remain on the list.

The lists will be valid until 31 December 2002 and may be extended.

Category and grade

COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) COM/A/4/01 (A 5/A 4)

The reserve list of Administrators is for the career The reserve list of Principal Administrators is for
bracket covering grades 7 and 6 in category A. the career bracket covering grades 5 and 4 in
Candidates will normally be recruited to the lower category A. Candidates will normally be recruited
grade. to the lower grade.

(1) Candidates with identical marks qualifying them for the last place will all be admitted to the next stage of the
competition.
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Remuneration

See guide.

X. APPLICATIONS

Before completing your application form, you are urged to read carefully the guide for candidates and its
annex in this issue of the Official Journal.
1. You must duly complete and sign the application form accompanying this competition notice, failing
which your application will be invalid. Your application must be accompanied by the optical
reader form and numbered photocopies of the documents showing that you satisfy the special
conditions so that the selection board can check that they correspond to the information on your
application form. This applies to all candidates, including European Community officials and other
servants.

You must compile and include in your application an index summarising the enclosed certificates,
diplomas and attestations; each document must be numbered, and the numbering indicated in the
list.
If you do not have your diploma you may submit a document issued by a competent authority
certifying that you have obtained the qualification in question.
All material to be placed on your file must be submitted afresh. Reference may not be made
to earlier applications. These rules also apply to officials and other servants of the European
Communities or of organisations devoted to furthering the Community’s
interests, who may not refer to documents in their personal files.
No material sent with your application will be returned.
2. Your application (including the original of the optical reader form) and the numbered photocopies
of supporting documents must be sent by registered post to the following address, postmarked no
later than 2 March 2001.
European Commission
Recruitment Policy Unit – MO 34 2/31
Open competition COM/A/3/01 or COM/A/4/01
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels.
3. Officials or other servants of the European Communities working in external delegations or in
representations/offices of the Commission in the Member States may notify by fax their intention to
submit an application to the Recruitment Policy Unit, the fax bearing a date and time not later than
16.00 (Brussels time) on 2 March 2001. However, for applications to be accepted they must be sent
with the supporting documents by registered post, postmarked not later than 10 working days after
the closing date for the submission of applications.
4. To facilitate the administrative work of the selection board, you are asked to quote your full name as
given on your application form and the number of the competition in all correspondence.
5. If you have a physical handicap, you must enclose a certificate to that effect issued by a recognised
body; please also attach a sheet to your application form setting out the arrangements you feel are
needed to make it easier for you to take part in the tests.
6. If you are placed on the reserve list and offered a post you will subsequently be asked to produce the
originals of diplomas, certificates and statements of employment so that copies can be authenticated.
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ANNEX

SPECIFIC CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO OFFICIALS AND OTHER SERVANTS OF THE EUROPEAN
COMMUNITIES

1. The age limit referred to at III.B.1 does not apply to candidates who, on the closing date for the submission of
applications, have been serving continuously as officials or other servants of the European Communities for
more than one year.

2. The professional experience referred to at III.B.2 is not required for competition COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) in the
case of officials and other servants of the European Communities who, on the closing date for the submission of
applications, have been serving in category B for at least three years and have successfully completed a
university course and obtained a degree. The selection board will allow for differences between education
systems.

3. The diploma referred to at III.B.2 is not required for competition COM/A/3/01 (A 7/A 6) in the case of officials
or other servants of the European Communities who, on the closing date for the submission of applications,
have been serving in category B for at least eight years.

4. For the purpose of calculating the periods specified at 1, 2 and 3 above, only time spent in active employment
(Article 36 of the Staff Regulations), on secondment in the interests of the service (Article 37(a) of the Staff
Regulations) and/or on leave for military service (Article 42 of the Staff Regulations) will be taken into
consideration; time spent on secondment at the official’s request, on leave on personal grounds, on unpaid leave
or in non-active status will not be included.

5. It will be for the officials and other servants applying for the competition to provide an attestation confirming
that they meet the conditions of seniority referred to at 1, 2 and 3 above. This can be obtained from the
administrative department of their institution, agency or Community body.

For officials and other servants of the Commission, the relevant departments are:

— in Brussels: Unit ADMIN.B.3, B 28 1/128,

— in Luxembourg: Privileges Office, JMO A1/004,

— in Ispra: ADMIN.L.5 — TP 660.