Brussels, 22 November 2006
Today, the Commission has taken a number of administrative decisions in order to further implement its mobility policy for officials. Since the start of the Barroso Commission, this is the second mobility package in relation to Directors-General after the major package of November 2005 (IP/05/1399). It is however the first time the Commission has taken such a step in relation to Directors or equivalent. These two packages deal with the mobility of those senior officials who have reached, or will soon reach, five years in their present job. The Commission reaffirms the principle that all senior officials serve between two and five years in a single function, with a maximum of seven years.
One Director-General (DG), 7 Deputy Directors-General (DDG) and one Head of Delegation are consequently being transferred or appointed to new posts. Out of the 260 Directors or equivalent currently working at the Commission, 22 are being transferred and 4 new appointments are made by today's decision. Twenty-five other senior posts will be filled after publication of vacancy notices with 12 of those vacancies being published internally, 3 externally reserved for EU 25, 3 externally for EU 10 and 7 for which the type of publication will need to be decided at a later stage.
President José Manuel Barroso: “With this movement, the Commission continues to implement its personnel policy based on a regular rotation of senior management. Such a rotation is a means to bring in fresh and innovative approaches to our top level management. The Commission has the privilege of being able to draw on an extensive pool of very qualified officials. All decisions have been made in full agreement between the Portfolio Commissioner, Vice-President Kallas and me. I would like to thank the officials who have been in place until now for their dedication, experience and loyalty, and I am fully convinced that the officials now appointed will do their best to take forward the orientations of the College”.
Vice-President Siim Kallas stressed the core principles underlying the mobility package: “The key objective was to find the most suitable match between the profiles of the available functions and the mobile officials in the interest of the institution. Due attention was paid to gender and geographical balance, merit however remaining the key consideration in all decisions”.
The Commission has decided the following:
Mr. Jorgen HOLMQUIST, Swede, currently Director-General in DG FISH, becomes Director-General in DG MARKT as of 1 January 2007.
Mr. Carlo TROJAN, Dutch, currently Head of the Delegation to international organisations in Geneva, becomes Hors Classe Adviser in DG TRADE as of 1 January 2007. Mr. TROJAN will leave for retirement on 31 January 2007.
Mr. Dirk AHNER, German, currently Deputy Director-General in DG AGRI, becomes Director-General in DG REGIO as of 1 January 2007, following the retirement of Mr. MEADOWS on 31 December 2006.
Mr. Fokion FOTIADIS, Greek, currently Deputy Director-General in DG RELEX, becomes Director-General in DG FISH as of 1 January 2007, following the transfer of Mr. HOLMQUIST.
Mr. Hervé JOUANJEAN, French, currently Deputy Director-General in DG RELEX becomes Deputy Secretary-General as of 1 January 2007, following the transfer of Mr. GUTH.
Mr. Eckard GUTH, German, currently Deputy Secretary-General, becomes Head of Delegation in the Delegation to international organisations in Geneva as of 1 January 2007, following the transfer of Mr. TROJAN.
Mrs. Anneli PAULI, Finn, is appointed as Deputy Director-General in JRC
Mr. Richard WEBER, French, is appointed as Deputy Director-General in AIDCO
Mr. Bernard PETIT, French, is appointed as Deputy Director-General in DEV
Note for the editors :
The Commission has brought together in a single document the rules concerning policy in relation to senior officials.
The general rule is that all senior officials serve between two and five years in a single function with an absolute maximum of seven years.
Merit is the dominant criterion in decisions on senior official appointments. This is coupled with a search for the best possible match between Commissioners and Directors-General. Subject to this, the Commission respects an adequate balance of nationalities represented in the Commission’s services and at the same time promotes better gender balance.
The selection procedure includes different players and interviews, which
ensure the selection of the best qualified candidates according to the
principles detailed above.