On Thursday 29 October 2020, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on how EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office) selects people for jobs and careers in the EU institutions.
Competitions organised by EPSO are the gateway to a career in the EU civil service. At a time of changing recruitment needs and reduced staffing levels, the EU institutions have begun to question their continued suitability for selecting new personnel. The auditors examined whether EPSO has delivered suitable potential recruits to the EU institutions between 2012 and 2018 in a timely and cost-effective manner and how it adapted to the rapidly changing environment in which the EU and its institutions evolve.
The report is expected to find that EPSO enabled the institutions to meet their needs for recruits with generalist profiles, but that its competitions are not suitable for recruiting specialists that are in increasing demand by the institutions. The auditors are expected to make a number of recommendations for strengthening the selection process, a new framework for selecting specialists, and improving EPSO's capacity to adapt to the current fast-changing environment.
Every year, the EU institutions recruit around 1 000 new permanent staff members for long-term careers from more than 50 000 applicants of EPSO's open competitions, which consist of two main types: large ones for entry-level generalists (lawyers, economists, translators) and smaller ones for more specific profiles and experience (IT experts, scientists).
There are significant imbalances in EU staff nationalities: Denmark, Germany, Ireland, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Finland and Sweden are under-represented in the entry-level positions, and participation by French, Dutch and German nationals in EPSO competitions is less than half the EU-27 average rate.
The special report and a press release will be published on the ECA website (eca.europa.eu) on Thursday 29 October at 11.30 Luxembourg time. The ECA Member responsible for the report, Annemie Turtelboom, will be available for video interviews and phone statements on Wednesday and Thursday: interested journalists can contact ECA press office: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.