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Staffing the EU Institutions

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This chapter provides an overall perspective on the EU administration regarding recruitment and classification of staff, the recruitment of Eurocrats for the EU’s administration, the career prospects for Eurocrats, the staff regulations of the EU, and the remuneration of EU officials. The European Commission has by far the greatest number of employees among the institutions of the EU. The recruitment of Eurocrats in AD 5–8 positions usually happens by a preemployment test (also known as the concours ), which is held in all Member States. Promotions of AD employees to grade AD 14 in the Commission have traditionally been made by a system that combines seniority with the results of the evaluation reports (regarding qualifications, efforts, and behaviour), which each superior official must complete on every subordinate employee at least every second year.

Keywords: career prospects; concours; employee promotion; EU institutions; Eurocrats recruitment

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