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NOTICE OF OPEN COMPETITION COM/A/10/01

(2001/C 240 A/03)

The Commission of the European Communities is organising an open competition, based on tests, to constitute a reserve of

ADMINISTRATORS (career bracket A 7/A 6) (male or female)

I. INTRODUCTION

II. DUTIES

III. ELIGIBILITY

in the field of law

CONTENTS

IV. INVITATION TO PRESELECTION AND MAIN TESTS

V. PRESELECTION TESTS — MARKING

VI. WRITTEN AND ORAL TESTS — MARKING

VII. RESERVE LIST

VIII. REQUESTS FOR CLARIFICATION — APPEAL PROCEDURES — COMPLAINTS TO THE EUROPEAN OMBUDSMAN

IX. RECRUITMENT

X. HOW TO APPLY

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

ANNEX II: Requests for clarification — Appeal procedures — Complaints to the European Ombudsman

I. INTRODUCTION

1.

General

The Commission is at the same time organising compe- tition COM/A/9/01 (A 7/A 6) in the fields of economics and statistics. Candidates may apply for only one of the two competitions being organised in parallel. Candidates failing to observe this condition will be disqualified.

2. Equal opportunities

Competition COM/A/10/01 is being organised to recruit administrators (career bracket A 7/A 6) in the field of law, in order to constitute a reserve list of 150 successful candidates to fill a number of vacancies estimated, as a

rough guide, at 125. procedure and when making internal appointments.

The Commission takes great care to avoid any form of discrimination, both during the open competition

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

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

3. Place of employment

Brussels, Luxembourg or any other place of Commission activity.

4. Selection board

them individually by post. This application form must be completed and signed and returned, together with all the requisite supporting documents, by registered post within the time limit specified (see sections III and X below).

The selection board will examine candidates’ files and compile a list of those who meet all the conditions in the competition notice and who will be admitted to the written test (see section III below).

Stage 3: written test

Once the written test has been marked, the candidates with the 225 highest marks will be admitted to the oral test (see section VI below).

A selection board is appointed for each competition. The

names of the members of the selection board will be published in the C series of the Official Journal of the

European Communities. After the oral test, the candidates with the 150 highest overall marks in the written and oral tests will be put on

You are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the members of the selection board, either directly or indirectly. Any infringement of this rule will lead to you being disqualified from the competition. 6.

Stage 4: oral test and establishment of a reserve list

the reserve list (see section VII below).

Approximate timing

com-

munication with candidates until the competition is

The Recruitment Policy Unit is responsible for all

completed.

5. Stages of the procedure

You are urged to read the competition notice carefully to check that you meet the eligibility criteria (see section III below).

preselection tests: January/February 2002

written test: June 2002

oral test: October to December 2002

publication of reserve list: January 2003.

7. The closing date for the submission of the optical registration form is 4 October 2001.

Stage 1: optical reader registration form and preselec- tion tests

If you wish to apply you should complete and sign the

original of the optical reader registration form attached to this notice and send it by registered post, within the time limit specified, without, at this stage, any supporting documents apart from any concerning a disability (see point X.5 below).

Candidates who have sent the optical reader registration form within the time limit and who meet the general eligibility conditions and the particular condition laid down in the notice regarding the age limit will be invited to take part in the preselection tests (see section IV below).

Stage 2: full application and admission of candidates

II.

DUTIES

Duties will include the tasks listed below by way of example:

formulating, analysing and drafting Community legis- lation,

taking part in the negotiation of international agreements,

studying cases and drafting decisions in the area of, for example, competition law,

examining and monitoring national legislation for con- formity with Community law,

investigating alleged infringements of Community law, complaints, etc.,

Once the preselection tests have been marked, the — preparing the Commission’s case in court proceedings,

candidates with the 400 highest marks will be asked to complete the application form, which will be sent to

mainly before the Court of Justice or the Court of First Instance,

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— formulating, preparing and implementing rules in the field of justice and home affairs.

including at least two years’ experience relevant to the nature of those duties.

(b) The following will also count as professional experi- ence but may not constitute in total more than one year’s experience:

The competition is open to candidates who, on the closing date for the submission of optical reader registration forms

duly attested on-the-job specialist training or

(see section X below), satisfy the following requirements: periods of further professional training prepar-

ing you for the duties described at section II above undertaken since you obtained the degree required for admission to the compe- tition,

A. GENERAL CONDITIONS

III. ELIGIBILITY

— You must be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union,

— you must be entitled to full rights as a citizen,

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

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

B. SPECIFIC CONDITIONS

1. Age limit

You must have been born after 4 October 1955.

2. Certificates and diplomas

— additional periods of training, study or research in fields preparing you for the duties described at II above, provided that, on completion,

diploma at least

equivalent to that required for admission to the competition.

you obtained a certificate or

If you are invited to complete the application form after passing the preselection tests, you must provide documentary evidence of the requisite experience. Such evidence must clearly show the dates on which the experience in question started and ended and the precise nature of the duties performed.

You must give details of all studies, training, work placements, research and professional experience on your application form and attach numbered supporting documents (see point X.B below).

You must have successfully completed a university course in law and obtained a degree.

Only degrees entitling you to commence postgraduate

studies will be accepted. The selection board will allow for differences between education systems. As a general guide, a table showing examples of the minimum qualifi- cations required is annexed to the guide for applicants. 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 must specify this know- ledge not only in the optical reader registration form

contained in this Official Journal but also in the appli- cation form, which will be sent later on to those candidates who pass the preselection tests. No documen-

with your application form,

you pass the preselection tests.

4.

Knowledge of languages

You must enclose a copy of the certificate(s) showing that you have successfully completed the requisite studies

which will be sent to you if

3. Professional experience tary evidence of knowledge of languages is required.

(a) Since obtaining the degree required for admission to the competition, you must have gained at least three years’ professional experience at a level commensur- ate with the duties described at section II above,

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

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C.

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

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

Specific conditions apply to officials and other

European Communities. These are set out in Annex I.

servants of the

IV. INVITATION TO PRESELECTION AND MAIN TESTS

Invitations to the preselection tests, application forms and invitations to the main tests will be sent by post. You are

responsible for notifying the secretariat of the selection board

of any change of address. Bearing in mind the time mail

to arrive and the information contained in the timetable, it is

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.

your responsibility to contact the Recruitment Policy Unit

takes

IMPORTANT:

Candidates who fail to use the optical reader registration form contained in the Official Journal or fail to sign it will not be admitted to the preselection tests. Similarly candidates who are successful in the preselection tests but who fail to return the application form duly completed and signed within the time limit specified will not be admitted to the written test. Nor will candidates who fail to provide all the supporting documents within the time limits specified.

(c)

A test comprising a series of multiple-choice questions on 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 optical reader form).

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

NB: You must sit test (d) in one of the official Community languages other than the one you chose for the other tests.

Wrong answers in the preselection tests will not be penalised.

If you obtain a mark lower than the pass mark in any of the

tests, you will be eliminated.

VI. WRITTEN AND ORAL TESTS — MARKING

V.

If, at any stage in the procedure, it is found that the information on your optical reader form or application form is incorrect or does not tally with the supporting documents or that you do not meet the general or specific conditions for admission to the competition, you will be disqualified.

A. WRITTEN TEST

The candidates with the 400 highest total marks in tests (a), (b), (c) and (d)( 2 ) will be asked to complete the application form, which will be sent to them individually by post. This application form must be completed and signed and returned with all the requisite supporting documents by registered post

PRESELECTION TESTS — MARKING within the time limit specified.

(a)

(b)

A test comprising a series of multiple-choice questions to assess your specialised knowledge in relation to the duties

described at section II above. notice and who will be admitted to written test (e).

The selection board will examine candidates’ files and compile

a list of those who meet all the conditions in the competition

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

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

(e) A case study, designed to test your knowledge, compre- hension skills and ability to analyse, draft and summarise in relation to the duties described at section II above.

in relation to the duties described at section II above. ( 1 ) Fax number of

( 1 ) Fax number of the Recruitment Policy Unit (32-2) 299 45 66.

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

If you obtain a mark lower than the pass mark, you will be eliminated.

B. ORAL TEST

the

highest marks( 1 ) in this test will be admitted to the oral test (f).

Once test (e) has been marked, the 225 candidates with

(f) Interview with the selection board to enable it to complete

its assessment of your suitability to carry out the duties described at section II above. The interview will also focus on your specialised knowledge, your knowledge of the

main developments in European integration and

munity policies, your knowledge of the languages required by the competition notice (see point III.B.4 above), and your ability to adjust to a multicultural working environment.

Com-

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

If you obtain a mark lower than the pass mark, you will be eliminated.

DATES AND TIME ALLOWED FOR THE TESTS

The dates set for the preselection tests and the written test cannot be changed.

The time allowed for the preselection and other tests will be decided by the selection board; you will be notified of the time allowed when you receive your invitation to the tests.

VII. RESERVE LIST

At the end of the competition, the selection board will draw up an alphabetical reserve list of the candidates who have obtained the 150 highest combined scores for tests (e) and (f).

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

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

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

VIII. REQUESTS FOR CLARIFICATION — APPEAL PRO- CEDURES — COMPLAINTS TO THE EUROPEAN OMBUDSMAN

The various procedures for requesting clarification, launching an appeal and complaining to the European Ombudsman are set out in Annex II to this competition notice.

IX.

RECRUITMENT

If you are placed on the reserve list you will be eligible for appointment as and when required by the Commission.

If you are placed on the reserve list and offered a post you will subsequently be asked to produce the originals of all the requisite documents such as diplomas, certificates and state- ments of employment so that copies can be authenticated.

Candidates will be recruited as funds become available.

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

The reserve list will be valid until 31 December 2003; it may be extended.

Category and grade

The reserve lists of administrators are for the career bracket 7/6 in category A. As a rule candidates will be recruited to the lower grade.

Remuneration

(See guide for applicants.)

X.

HOW TO APPLY

A.

PRESELECTION TESTS

Before completing your optical reader registration form, you are urged to read carefully the guide for applicants and its annexes in this issue of the Official Journal.

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Warning to candidates with access to the electronic version of the competition notice: only the optical reader registration form contained in the Official Journal printed by the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities is regarded

as an original. Consequently, a photocopy or any other

of

quote your full name as given on your application form not be accepted. and the number of the competition in all correspondence.

If you have a physical disability, you must enclose with your optical reader registration form a certificate to that effect, issued by a recognised body; please also attach a sheet setting out the arrangements you feel are needed to make it easier for you to take part in the tests.

1. You must duly complete and sign the optical

To facilitate the administrative work, you are asked to

ever, for applications to be accepted, the optical reader registration form must be sent by registered post, post- marked not later than ten working days after the closing date for the submission of applications.

copy

the document (downloaded electronically, for instance) will

reader

registration form accompanying this competition notice, failing which your application will be invalid. At this stage you need not send supporting documents apart

from the certificate relating to a

physical disability where

appropriate (see point X.5 below).

4.

5.

2. Your optical reader form must be sent by

registered

post, in a cardboard-backed A 4 envelope (do not fold the optical reader registration form), to the following

address, postmarked no later than 4 October 2001: tests will receive an individual letter accompanied by the

application form. These candidates must complete and sign the application form and send it by registered post, together with the supporting documents requested, to the address given in point X.2 above within the time limit specified in the letter.

Open competition COM/A/10/01

Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200

B-1049 Brussels. Candidates who fail to meet any of these conditions will be

It is your responsibility to make sure that the optical

reader registration form is sent in time. You must compile and include with your application a list of

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B.

WRITTEN AND ORAL TESTS

The candidates with the 400 highest marks in the preselection

disqualified.

3. Officials or other servants of the European Communities working in external delegations may notify their intention to submit an application by sending a fax bearing a date and time not later than 4 p.m. (Brussels time) on 4 October 2001 to the Recruitment Policy Unit. How-

the enclosed supporting documents; each document must be numbered, and the numbering indicated in the list.

It is your responsibility to make sure that the application form and the supporting documents are sent in time.

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ANNEX I

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

1. The age limit referred to in point III.B.1 above 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 in point III.B.3 above is not required 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 as referred to in point III.B.2 above. The selection board will allow for differences between education systems.

3. The diploma and professional experience referred to in point III.B.2 and 3 above are not required 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 in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 above, only time spent in active employment (Article 36 of the Staff Regulations), on secondment (Article 37 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 leave on personal grounds, on unpaid leave or in non-active status will not be included.

5. Officials and other servants who are successful in the preselection tests must provide a certificate confirming that they meet the conditions of seniority referred to in paragraphs 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: ADMIN.B.3, B-28 1/54 PRESS.C.1, BREY 07/78 (local staff employed by the European Union) RELEX.K.2, LUX 46 2/186 (EU Delegation staff),

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

— in Ispra: ADMIN.L.5 — TP 660.

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ANNEX II

REQUESTS FOR CLARIFICATION — APPEAL PROCEDURES — COMPLAINTS TO THE EUROPEAN OMBUDSMAN

If, at any stage of the competition, you consider that a decision adversely affects you, you can request clarification of that decision, launch one of the appeal procedures or make a complaint to the European Ombudsman.

Requests for clarification:

You can submit a request for clarification by sending a letter setting out the reasons to:

European Commission Recruitment Policy Unit — MO34 2/31 Attention: Chairman of Selection Board for COM/A/10/01 Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200 B-1049 Brussels,

within 30 calendar days of the date postmarked on the letter notifying the decision concerned.

The selection board will reply as soon as possible.

Appeal:

— You can either submit a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of officials of the European Communities to:

The Secretary-General, European Commission Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200 B-1049 Brussels,

— or you can bring an action, under Article 236 of the EC Treaty and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations, before:

The Court of First Instance of the European Communities Boulevard Konrad Adenauer L-2925 Luxembourg.

The time limits (see Staff Regulations published in Official Journal of the European Communities L 56 of 4 March 1968) for initiating these two types of procedure start to run from the notification of the original decision adversely affecting you.

Complaint to the European Ombudsman:

Like all citizens of the Union, you can make a complaint to:

The European Ombudsman 1 Avenue du Président Robert-Schuman — BP 403 F-67001 Strasbourg Cedex,

under Article 195(1) of the Treaty establishing the European Community and in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Decision of the European Parliament of 9 March 1994 on the regulations and general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman’s duties, published in Official Journal of the European Communities L 113 of 4 May 1994.

You should note that complaints made to the Ombudsman have no suspensive effect on the period laid down in Article 91 of the Staff Regulations for lodging appeals with the Court of First Instance under Article 236 of the EC Treaty.

OPTICAL READER REGISTRATION FORM

Please complete this form carefully, paying attention to the following instructions:

1. Use black ink

2. Use capital letters (as per example in the Official Journal)

3. Keep within the boxes

4. Do not fold the form

OPEN COMPETITION COM/A/10/01 (LAW)

1. Surname at birth

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3. Surname

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9. Address for correspondence (Street, number, district, etc.)
10. Postcode
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I declare on my word of honour that the information provided on this form is true and complete.

Date and signature

COM/A/10/01

Please attach the label to the envelope used to send your optical reader registration form

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