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'Flagging'

'Flags' are used to indicate the availability of every candidate whose name is on a reserve list and are visible through the EPSO account. This information is available from about one month after you receive the letter informing you of your competition results. Each flag has a colour with a specific meaning (see below).

In order to simplify and speed up recruitment, EPSO has launched a pilot project with a reduced number of flags; three flags will be used (green, red and grey) instead of seven.

Important: This pilot project applies to all reserve lists except for lawyer-linguist reserve lists for the Council and the Parliament, where seven flags will remain in use.


Green Flag This is the default flag, meaning that the candidate is available for consideration by any institution with an interest in the list.

Your 'status in the reserve list' will read as follows: 

Laureate available for consideration by any Institution with a 'quota' in the list

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Blue Flag The candidate already works for an Institution and this Institution is interested in recruiting him/her. Normally, a candidate cannot remain blue-flagged by an institution for longer than 90 days.

Your 'status in the reserve list' will read as follows:

Laureate currently employed by an Institution. Available for consideration only by the Institution to whom allocated.

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Red flag The candidate is in the process of being recruited by an Institution. Once recruited, the status (red flag) remains.

Your 'status in the reserve list' will read as follows:

Successful candidate in process of being recruited and therefor unavailable for consideration by the other Institutions.

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Grey flag The laureate is temporarily unavailable for recruitment for the reason(s) and date(s) stated .

Your 'status in the reserve list' will read as follows:

Laureate temporarily unavailable for reason(s) and date(s) provided.

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Yellow flag The candidate has attracted the interest of an Institution. This Institution will schedule an interview in order to better assess whether the candidate matches the Institution's requirements. Normally, a candidate cannot remain yellow-flagged for an Institution for longer than 60 days.

Your 'status in the reserve list' will read as follows:

Laureate available for consideration only by Institution to whom allocated.

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Orange flag The Institution that yellow-flagged the candidate has requested an extension of 30 days in order to complete the final recruitment procedure.

Your 'status in the reserve list' will read as follows:


Request for extension of 30 days.
Available for consideration only by the Institution to whom allocated.

Where a candidate is yellow- or orange-flagged for an Institution, no other Institution may ask for flagging, or otherwise attempt to contact the candidate. If the candidate declines the potential offer, or if the Institution has decided not to recruit the candidate, the Institution will revert the candidate to the green flag status.

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Black flag The candidate is no longer available for recruitment. The candidate is not available due to special circumstances (i.e. the candidate has decided for him/herself not to work for an Institution, does not fulfil the recruitment conditions or should for other reasons no longer be considered for recruitment).

Your 'status in the reserve list' will read as follows:

Candidate not available due to special circumstances. Please see the note below.

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