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Brussels, 15 September 2010

2010 Rotation - Head of Delegation/Deputy Head of Delegation appointments

EU High Representative/Commission Vice-President Catherine Ashton based her decisions on the 2010 rotation from shortlists prepared by pre-selection and selection panels involving representatives of three EU Treaty sources (Commission, Council Secretariat, Member States). These shortlists provided a pool of candidates who met the basic job requirements.

In total, HRVP Ashton interviewed 68 candidates for 31 posts – 27 from the Commission and 41 from Member States. These included 11 candidates from Member States who joined in 2004 and 2007 (16%) of which 7 were shortlisted for either Georgia, Jordan or Afghanistan (all three went to a Member State which joined in 2004 or 2007).

There were 14 women candidates on the shortlists (21%).

The appointments package of 29 posts includes 4 candidates (13%) from countries which joined in 2004 or 2007 and 7 women candidates (27%).

Compared to pre-Lisbon Treaty levels when the delegations were solely European Commission delegations, this means a 40% increase in appointments from Member States who joined in 2004 or 2007 to management positions in delegations and a 50% increase in the number of women in these positions.

More specifically there are five times as many successful candidates from Member States who joined in 2004 and 2007 appointed as Heads of Delegation and a 55% increase in women Heads of Delegation.

Three posts will be republished – Brazil, Iraq and Deputy in Washington.

NOTE: All candidates must undergo medical examinations and necessary pre-posting training and temporary agents are subject to verification of qualifications and other documents. Accreditation requests for Heads of Delegation are sent to host countries. The selected candidates take up duty only once accreditation of the host country has been granted.

Facts and Figures:

Pre-2010 rotation situation in HoD/Deputy HoD population

- 21 Member States represented (not Cyprus, Estonia, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia, Lithuania), including one HoD (Norway) from a Member State who joined in 2004 or 2007 (Hungary).

- 9 Deputy HoDs from Member States who joined in 2004 or 2007: Morocco (Romania), India (Czech), Nicaragua (Czech), Egypt (Bulgaria), South Africa (Latvia), Nigeria (Poland), Ukraine (Slovakia), Turkey (Hungary), Thailand (Hungary).

- 11 female HoDs and 3 Deputy HoDs (14 in total).

Post-2010 rotation provisional

- 23 Member States represented (Luxembourg, Lithuania added);

- 4 additional HoDs from Member States who joined in 2004 or 2007 (Lithuania, Poland (x2), Bulgaria);

- 7 women appointed as HoDs (6) or Deputy HoDs (1)


The rotation of staff (officials) in the European Union External Service is organized in an annual exercise.

Following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, the 2010 rotation exercise for management posts (Heads of Delegation/Deputy Heads of Delegation) was opened for the first time also to candidates from the two other sources (Council Secretariat General, Member States).


20 January 2010: Head of Delegation to Afghanistan

5 March: 29 Heads of Delegation (China, Japan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Georgia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYROM, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia) and 3 Deputy Heads of Delegation (US, China, International Organisations in Geneva) were published – two of these (Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dep. Geneva) were subsequently cancelled (cf. see below).

30 June: Posts of Heads of Delegation to the UN in Geneva and the WTO in Geneva were published following a decision to split the Geneva Delegation. The post of Head of Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina was republished following a decision to upgrade the level of this post.

Selection procedures:

May 2010: The posts published in March resulted in close to 1100 applications from approx. 470 candidates. Pre-selection panels were set up (including two panel members representing Member States and one panel member representing the Council General Secretariat in each panel) to match the applications received to the profiles defined in the vacancy notices and draw up shortlists of candidates to be interviewed.

15 June -1 July: Selection panels (again with MS and CSG participation) subsequently interviewed all the candidates who had been shortlisted (approx. 130 candidates / 230 applications) and proposed a shortlist of candidates for each of the 30 posts (in total 64 candidates / 95 applications).

20 July: The Commission approved the Head of Delegation shortlists on a proposal from the High Representative/Vice President.

July: The High Representative/Vice President interviewed all the shortlisted candidates.

September/October: Pre-selection and selection procedures for the three senior management posts published in June (52 applications received).

Three posts (Head of Delegation to Brazil and Iraq as well as Deputy Head of Delegation to the US) will be republished as the selection procedure did not yield a result for these three posts.

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