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Brussels, 4 February 2011

Recruitment: Results published for first new EPSO competition

Today sees the publication of the results of the first new open competition to select generalist graduate 'Administrators' launched last year as part of a programme of modernisation of the EU Institution selection procedure. This programme, driven by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), has included the introduction of an annual cycle of competitions, to allow potential candidates to know when they can apply year to year, and a streamlined two stage process, which has cut the time of large selection procedures from 2 years to 10 months and smaller specialist selections from an average of 16 months to just 6 months. Although the attractive offer of an EU Career meant that EPSO received more than 51,000 applications, they were still able to deliver the results approximately 9 months after the deadline for applications last April.

Maroš Šefčovič, Commission Vice-President for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration, welcomed the results, stating:

"I am very pleased to see the successful results of EPSO's first new selection procedure. EPSO has delivered on its promise to streamline the process, and I'd like to thank them for their excellent work. I am convinced that the modernised selection procedure will help us to remain competitive on the jobs market. I look forward to seeing the successful candidates take up their new posts over the coming months. However, I am concerned by the lack of candidates from certain countries and therefore support all efforts to attract more high potential candidates from these Member States to an EU career."

"The delivery of the modernised selection procedures is a perfect example of inter-institutional partnership and huge credit should go to EPSO and its Management Board for this achievement."

M. Yves Quitin, Chair of the EPSO Management Board and Director for Personnel at the European Parliament, welcomed both the publication of the results and Mr Šefčovič's comments:

"Staff selection is a function of strategic importance to all Institutions. EPSO has successfully risen to the challenge of attracting the right talent and for positioning the European public service as an attractive career choice."

EPSO also acknowledge that selection of the staff to work on behalf of 500 million EU citizens should not just focus on the speed of the process but also the quality of the people selected. Another key aspect of the modernised selection procedure is to focus assessment on competencies instead of knowledge- enabling EPSO's trained Selection Boards to select candidates with the range of skills that they will need to make the most of the wide opportunities offered by an EU Career.

David Bearfield, Director of EPSO, when asked about the success of the selection procedure modernisation, responded by saying:

"We are hugely proud that, with our partners from across the EU Institutions, we have managed to deliver such high calibre successful candidates in such a short amount of time. Under the old system applicants often waited over a year and a half for results and as a consequence we could miss out on the top talent from across Europe who simply would not wait around."

"We hope that this sends out a strong message to students and graduates across Europe that if they want an interesting, challenging career where they can make a real difference then they no longer have to wait. Thanks to our changes we can assess them as quickly and efficiently as our recruitment competitors across the continent."

Thanks to the parallel modernisation of EU Career's marketing and communication efforts anyone interested in finding out more about a career with the EU can now sign up for updates via EU Careers' Facebook page and Twitter profile.

Key Facts for Editors

  • There were 51,639 applicants for the 2010 graduate 'Administrator' selection procedure.

  • 37,329 sat the first stage computer-based reasoning tests in centres around Europe and across the world.

  • 992 candidates were invited to the second stage- an Assessment Centre in Brussels where, through exercises such as group negotiations and structured interviews, expert Selection Boards were able to assess their abilities in a range of competencies.

  • The list of successful candidates comprises 308 people across 5 different fields- European Public Administration, Law, Economics, Audit and ICT.

  • The 2011 graduate 'Administrator' selection procedure will open on 16th March. From 2011 it is open to students in the final year of their Bachelor's degree studies.

  • Reflecting EPSO's commitment to multilingualism, from 2011 the first stage of assessment is available in all 23 official EU languages.

  • In order to make our selection procedure available to top european talent based around the world we are expanding the number of available test centres outside Europe for the first stage of assessment. Candidates will be able to select from 37 worldwide test centres across 5 continents.

  • More information on EU Careers and how to apply can be found at

  • Anyone interested can also receive updates via Facebook or Twitter- just search for 'EU Careers'.

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