Brussels, 2 June 2010
Commission creates two new Directorates General and reshuffles Senior Managers
The Commission has taken today, upon a proposal from President Barroso and Vice-President Šefčovič, a number of decisions in order to implement its mobility policy for Senior Staff. This is the first mobility package since the start of this Commission. This package deals with the mobility of Senior Managers at Director General level who have reached five years or more in their present job, with the transfer of one Director-General having the same nationality as his current Commissioner, and the transfer and promotion of three Deputy Directors-General to Director General functions. With this package, the Commission, while reaffirming the principle that appointments are made on the basis of merit as a first criterion, ensures the promotion of two female Senior Officials to Director General functions. This package is adopted at the same time as the creation of two new Directorates General, splitting the former Justice, Freedom and Security Directorate General. The two new Directorates General are DG Home Affairs and DG Justice, and their respective Directors General are appointed in the context of the package.
The key objective of this mobility package is to fill a number of Director-General functions in high priority policy areas, including the two newly created DG Home Affairs and DG Justice, and promote Senior Officials to Directorate-General functions, based primarily on the assessment of their merit. Two out of the three promotions concern female Senior Officials. The Commission decision deals with:
The principles underlying this mobility round are the ones spelled out in previous Commission decisions of the same nature. Merit is the dominant criterion in decisions on senior appointments. This is coupled with a search for the best possible match between Commissioners and Directors-General. The Commission also strives to ensure an adequate balance of nationalities across its DGs and Services whilst at the same time promoting better gender balance. This mobility round therefore aims to ensure: