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Document C2018/368A/01

Notice of Open Competition — EPSO/AD/363/18 — Administrators (AD 7) in the following fields: 1. Customs, 2. Taxation

OJ C 368A , 11.10.2018, p. 1–27 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

11.10.2018   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

CA 368/1


NOTICE OF OPEN COMPETITION

EPSO/AD/363/18 — ADMINISTRATORS (AD 7) IN THE FOLLOWING FIELDS: 1. CUSTOMS, 2. TAXATION

(2018/C 368 A/01)

Deadline for registration: 13 November 2018 at 12.00 (midday), CET

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is organising an open competition, based on qualifications and tests, to draw up two reserve lists from which the European Commission, mainly the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD), may recruit new members of the civil service as ‘ administrators’ (function group AD).

This notice of competition and its annexes form the legally binding framework for these selection procedures.

Please see ANNEX III for the general rules governing open competitions.

Number of successful candidates sought:

1. Customs: 40

2. Taxation: 40

This notice covers two fields. You may only apply for one . You must make your choice when you apply online and you will not be able to change it after you have validated your online application form.

WHAT TASKS CAN I EXPECT TO PERFORM?

1.   Customs

As a policy officer in a unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD), you will be expected to be immediately operational and, with the assistance of your hierarchy, you will be expected to draft documents on your subject matter and attend meetings with Member States and other stakeholders to explain/advance the position of the European Commission. You will be expected to represent your unit at meetings with other Commission services and reply to questions from the public and Members of the European Parliament. You will also be expected to contribute to briefings for your Commissioner, Director-General or Director as necessary. Depending on the unit in which you are working, you will be expected to draft legislation, working documents or economic papers.

As an Own Resources Inspector in a unit in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Budget (DG BUDG), you will be expected to be immediately operational to carry out inspections and draft reports assessing the degree of compliance by the Member States with European Union requirements for the correct, complete and timely collection of traditional own resources, and propose corrective measures when necessary. You will be expected to evaluate Member States’ due diligence in complete and timely collection, establishment and provision of traditional own resources.

2.   Taxation

As a policy officer in a unit in the indirect or direct tax directorate of DG TAXUD or in one of the fiscal state aid units of Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), you will be expected to be immediately operational and, with the assistance of your hierarchy, you will be expected to draft documents on your subject matter and attend meetings with Member States and other stakeholders to explain/advance the position of the European Commission. You will be expected to represent your unit at meetings with other European Commission services and reply to questions from the public and Members of the European Parliament. You will also be expected to contribute to briefings for your Commissioner, Director-General or Director as necessary. Depending on the unit in which you are working, you will be expected to draft legislation, decisions, working documents or economic papers.

Please see ANNEX I for more information about the typical duties to be performed.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

You must meet ALL of the following conditions when you validate your application:

1)    General conditions:

Enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State of the EU

Meet any obligations under national laws on military service

Meet the character requirements for the duties concerned

2)    Specific conditions — languages:

You must have knowledge of at least 2 official EU languages; one at minimum C1 level (thorough knowledge) and the other at minimum B2 level (satisfactory knowledge).

Please note that the minimum levels required above must apply to each linguistic ability (speaking, writing, reading and listening) requested in the application form. These abilities reflect those of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr).

In this notice of competition we will refer to the languages as:

Language 1: language used for the computer-based Multiple-Choice Question tests.

Language 2: language used for the selection based on qualification (Talent Screener), for the assessment centre tests and for communication between EPSO and the candidates who have submitted a valid application. This must be different from language 1.

Language 2 must be English or French.

Successful candidates recruited for these particular fields are required to have a satisfactory knowledge (minimum B2 level) of English or French. While knowledge of additional languages may be an advantage, most Commission departments in Customs and Taxation have recourse to English or French for analytical work, internal communication as well as communication with external stakeholders, publications and reports, legislation, or economic papers, as mentioned under ‘What tasks can I expect to perform?’ and in Annex I. Therefore, a satisfactory knowledge of English or French is essential. Consequently, a successful candidate not having a satisfactory knowledge of English or French would not be immediately operational.

3)    Specific conditions — qualifications & work experience:

1.   Customs:

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 4 years attested by a diploma, followed by at least 6 years’ professional experience related to the duties

or

a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma, followed by at least 7 years’ professional experience related to the duties.

2.   Taxation:

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 4 years attested by a diploma, followed by at least 6 years’ professional experience related to the duties

or

a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma, followed by at least 7 years’ professional experience related to the duties.

Please see ANNEX IV for examples of minimum qualifications

HOW WILL I BE SELECTED?

1)    Application process

When completing your application form, you will have to select a language 1 and a language 2. You will have to select your language 1 among any of the 24 official EU languages and your language 2 from among English and French. You will also be asked to confirm your eligibility for the chosen field and provide further information relevant to the chosen field of the competition (for example: diplomas, work experience and answers to field-related questions (Talent Screener)).

You can select any of the 24 official EU languages when completing your application form, except for the Talent Screener section which must be completed in your language 2 for the following reasons: the Talent Screener is subject to a comparative assessment by the Selection Board, it is used as a reference document by the Board during the field-related interview at the assessment centre, and is used for recruitment purposes if a candidate is successful. It is therefore in the interest of the service and the candidates to complete the Talent Screener in Language 2.

Please note that your whole application form will be accessed by the Selection Board (during the competition) and by the HR services of the European Institutions (for recruitment in case you are a successful candidate) who work in a limited number of vehicular languages as explained above.

In case you succeed in the competition and are placed on the reserve list, you will be asked to provide a translation of the application form in language 2 (English or French) to the recruiting services if you have used another language for filling in the application form.

By validating your application form you declare on your honour that you meet all the conditions mentioned under the section ‘Am I eligible to apply?’ Once you have validated your application form, you will no longer be able to make any changes. It is your responsibility to ensure that you complete and validate your application within the deadline.

2)    Computer-based Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) tests

If the number of candidates exceeds a certain threshold for each field, as defined by the director of EPSO acting as Appointing Authority, all candidates who validated their application form by the deadline will be invited to sit a series of computer-based MCQ tests in one of EPSO’s accredited centres.

Unless instructed otherwise, you must book an appointment for the MCQ tests following the instructions received from EPSO. Typically you will be offered several dates on which you can sit the tests, in various locations. The booking and testing periods are limited.

If the number of candidates is below the threshold , these tests will be held at the assessment centre instead (see point 5 below).

The computer-based MCQ tests will be organised as follows:

Tests

Language

Questions

Duration

Marking

Pass mark

Verbal reasoning

Language 1

20 questions

35 min

Out of 20

10/20

Numerical reasoning

Language 1

10 questions

20 min

Out of 10

Numerical + abstract combined: 10/20

Abstract reasoning

Language 1

10 questions

10 min

Out of 10

These tests are eliminatory and do not count towards the other tests held at the assessment centre.

3)    Eligibility checks

The eligibility requirements laid down in the section ‘Am I eligible to apply?’ above will be checked against the data provided in candidates’ online applications. EPSO will check whether you meet the general eligibility conditions while the selection board will check compliance with the specific eligibility conditions.

There are 2 possible scenarios:

If the computer-based MCQ tests are organised upfront, the files of the candidates will be checked for eligibility in descending order of the marks obtained in those tests until the number of eligible candidates reaches a certain threshold defined for each field before the tests by the director of EPSO acting as Appointing Authority. The other files will not be checked.

If the computer-based MCQ tests are not organised upfront , the files of all candidates who validated their application form by the deadline will be checked for eligibility.

4)    Selection based on qualifications (Talent Screener)

In order to allow the selection board to carry out an objective assessment of the comparative merits of all candidates in a structured way, all candidates in the same field must answer the same set of questions in the ‘Talent Screener’ section of the application form in language 2. The selection based on qualifications will be carried out, only for those candidates deemed eligible as described above in point 3, using solely the information provided in this Talent Screener section. You should therefore include all relevant information in your Talent Screener answers, even if already mentioned in other sections of your application form. The questions are based on the selection criteria included in this notice.

Please see ANNEX II for the list of criteria.

To carry out the selection based on qualifications, the selection board will first assign each selection criterion a weighting that reflects its relative importance (1 to 3) and each of the candidate’s responses will be awarded between 0 and 4 points. The points are multiplied by the weighting for each criterion and added up to identify those candidates whose profiles best match the duties to be performed.

Only the candidates with the highest overall marks at the selection based on qualifications will go through to the next stage.

5)    Assessment centre

A maximum of 3 times the number of successful candidates sought for each field will be invited to this phase. If you meet the eligibility requirements according to the data in your online application and if you scored one of the highest overall marks for the selection based on qualifications, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre for 1 or 2 days, most probably in Brussels , where you will take tests held in your language 2 .

If the computer-based MCQ tests described in point 2 were not organised upfront , you will sit them at the assessment centre. These tests are eliminatory and the marks obtained will not be added to the marks of the other assessment centre tests in the calculation of your total score.

Unless instructed otherwise, you will have to bring your supporting documents (originals or certified copies) to your assessment centre. EPSO will scan these during your assessment centre tests and return them to you on the same day.

Eight general competencies and the field-related competencies required for each field will be tested at the assessment centre through four tests (general competency-based interview, field-related interview, group exercise, and case study) as described in the following matrices:

Competency

Tests

1.

Analysis and problem-solving

Group exercise

Case study

2.

Communication

Case study

General competency-based interview

3.

Delivering quality and results

Case study

General competency-based interview

4.

Learning and development

Group exercise

General competency-based interview

5.

Prioritising and organising

Group exercise

Case study

6.

Resilience

Group exercise

General competency-based interview

7.

Working with others

Group exercise

General competency-based interview

8.

Leadership

Group exercise

General competency-based interview

Pass marks: 3/10 per competency and 40/80 in total

Competency

Test

Field-related competencies

Field-related interview

Pass mark

50/100

6)    Reserve list

After checking candidates’ supporting documents, the selection board will draw up a reserve list for each field — until the number of successful candidates sought is reached — of those eligible candidates who have obtained all pass marks as well as the highest overall marks following the assessment centre. Names will be listed alphabetically.

The reserve lists and the competency passports, giving qualitative feedback from the Selection Board, of successful candidates will be made available to the EU institutions for recruitment procedures and future career development. Inclusion on a reserve list does not confer any right to or guarantee of recruitment.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND SPECIAL ADJUSTMENTS

EPSO endeavours to apply equal opportunities, treatment and access to all candidates.

If you have a disability or a medical condition that may hinder your ability to sit the tests, please indicate this in your application form and let us know the type of special adjustments you need.

Discover more about our equal opportunities policy and procedure to request special adjustments on our website (https://epso.europa.eu/how-to-apply/equal-opportunities_en) and in the General rules annexed to this notice (under point 1.3. Equal opportunities and special adjustments).

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I APPLY?

In order to apply, you will first need to create an EPSO account. Please note that you must create only one account for all EPSO applications.

Apply online on the EPSO website http://jobs.eu-careers.eu by:

13 November 2018 at 12.00 (midday), CET.


ANNEX I

DUTIES

1.   Customs

The general role of administrators (AD 7) in the customs field is to conduct analyses, prepare reports and other relevant tasks related to the development and management of the Customs Union and carrying out administrative, advisory and supervisory duties.

Successful candidates will be called upon to draft and analyse Customs legislation as consolidated in the Union Customs Code Package and in the Community Customs Tariff, corresponding implementing provisions and other pertaining rules, as well as in other specific customs domains such as customs controls, the process of customs’ modernisation and/or its IT applications. Together with the monitoring of legislative developments, and supervision and control of the correct implementation of relevant Union legislation, candidates may also be required to represent and negotiate on behalf of the institution at EU and international level.

2.   Taxation

The general role of administrators (AD 7) in the taxation field is to support the decision-makers in fulfilling the mission of their institution, provide legal, economic and/or statistical analysis required for the initiation, development, management and/or evaluation of EU policies in direct and/or indirect taxation, including transfer pricing or fiscal state aid.

Successful candidates will be called upon to analyse direct and/or indirect taxation issues, make a legal assessment under the applicable tax or state aid rules and procedures, analyse their impacts and present legal drafts or prepare economic analysis of those issues. They may also be asked to develop communication activities on their area of work, take part in conferences and other events, to perform coordination duties and negotiation at international level, related to the tax policy of the European Union in the following areas:

Economic analysis and evaluation of taxes

Analysing the economic effects of national policies relating to statutory contributions and charges which have an impact on EU policy, with particular reference to tax reform and adoption of new finance laws.

Evaluating economic and financial consequences of tax measures proposed by the European Commission, including possibly the analysis of the arm’s length character in intra group transaction.

Direct taxation

Providing highly specialised technical advice on company and/or personal taxation.

Monitoring tax policy in the Member States and at the EU and international level, Member States’ tax legislation and implementation of EU rules.

Assessing national direct taxes from a state aid perspective.

Indirect taxation

VAT

Providing highly specialised technical advice in the field of VAT policy and legislation.

Developing and evaluating VAT control and fraud prevention policy.

Monitoring national VAT legislation of Member States.

Other indirect taxes (environment, transport, energy and excise duties)

Developing tax policy in relation to the environment, transport and energy.

Application of EU excise legislation (alcohol, tobacco products and mineral oils) and development of enhanced control procedures and fight against fraud.

Assess the economic and technical potential of new indirect taxes.

Assessing national indirect taxes from a state aid perspective.

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ANNEX II

SELECTION CRITERIA

The selection board considers the following criteria for the selection based on qualifications:

1.   Customs

1.

Professional experience in the drafting of customs and customs related (e.g. Customs legislation such as Community Customs Code, the Union Customs Code Package or the Community Customs Tariff, Risk Management, IPR (Intellectual Property Rights), Cash Controls, fight against fraud, protection of financial interest of the EU) legislation, rules and procedures (including national instructions) or of legislation, rules and procedures as regards trade/commercial policy related measures or direct/indirect taxation (e.g. in central services, at a customs office, in the EU Institutions etc.).

2.

Professional experience in the application and implementation of customs, customs and/or tax related, common trade/commercial policy, fight against fraud, protection of EU financial interest, own resources or indirect taxation related legislation, rules and procedures obtained while working in or for one or more of the following:

a law firm

a company or professional association as an in-house lawyer

a professional customs or tax consultancy firm

a national/international customs or taxation organisation/authority

a ministry of finance or budget/trade/economy

a university or a research body specialised in customs, taxation or in economics of customs/taxation

a judicial institution

a European Institution, Body or Agency

3.

Professional experience in representing the employer in meetings related to customs/common trade policy/commercial policy/own resources/indirect taxation/fight against fraud or experience in international relations in the area of customs (e.g. supply chain security, IPR enforcement, trade facilitation). This may include negotiation and management of international agreements, representation in international organisations such as WCO, WTO, UNODC, UNECE, Unctad etc. The professional experience must have been obtained while working in or for one or more of the following:

a law firm

a company or professional association as an in-house lawyer

a professional customs or tax consultancy firm

a national/international customs or taxation organisation/authority

a ministry of finance or budget/trade/economy

a university or a research body specialised in customs, taxation or in economics of customs/taxation

a judicial institution

a European Institution, Body or Agency

4.

Professional experience in the use or development of customs, customs enforcement, tax or common trade/commercial policy related IT systems, customs specific databases, related statistical analysis or development of these IT projects.

5.

Professional experience in an international organisation, including the European Institutions or in a company operating in at least 3 countries, relevant to the nature of the duties.

6.

University-level diploma in studies with specialisation in customs or tax law, business management or economics, in addition to the one giving access to the competition.

7.

Professional experience in academic research or teaching in the field of customs or tax law or economics. This may include research related work done for an international organisation, or publications and articles (also in press) in peer-reviewed academic journals, related to customs, tax or economics.

2.   Taxation

1.

Professional experience in the application of rules and procedures of national and/or international/EU tax law, including transfer pricing and fiscal state aid law, in particular in:

direct taxation (income taxation, corporate taxation, dividend taxation, inheritance tax);

indirect taxation (VAT, excise duties, environmental taxation, car taxation…).

obtained while working in or for one or more of the following:

a law firm

in a company or professional association as an in-house lawyer

a professional tax consultancy firm

a national/international taxation or competition organisation/authority

a ministry of finance/taxation

a university or a research body specialised in taxation or in economics of taxation

a judicial institution

a European Institution, Body or Agency

2.

Professional experience in the analysis of the impacts of tax rules on economic competitiveness, sound revenue raising and induced compliance costs.

3.

Professional expertise in drafting legislation or decisions in the field of taxation (indirect taxes, e.g. VAT, excises, environmental taxation, car taxation; direct taxes; administrative cooperation and/or related international agreements).

4.

Professional experience in negotiations at an international level in the area of taxation.

5.

Professional experience in academic research or teaching in the field of tax law and/or economics of taxation, relevant to the nature of the duties.

6.

Professional experience in developing tax-related IT projects.

7.

University-level diploma in studies with specialisation in direct and/or indirect taxation, international and/or EU tax or state aid law, in addition to the one required to access the competition.

8.

University-level diploma from a law school or faculty, in addition to the one required to access the competition.

9.

University-level diploma in economics with a focus on one or more of the following fields: taxation economics, public finance, public economics, economic modelling, econometrics or statistics, in addition to the one required to access the competition.

10.

A professional qualification or training related to the nature of the duties (including a qualification issued by a tax administration or an association of tax advisors).

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ANNEX III

GENERAL RULES GOVERNING OPEN COMPETITIONS

GENERAL INFORMATION

Any reference, in the framework of selection procedures organised by EPSO, to a person of a specific gender must be deemed also to constitute a reference to a person of any other gender.

Where candidates tie for the last available place at any stage of the competition, they will all go through to the next stage of the competition. Any re-admitted candidates following a successful appeal will also be invited to the next stage.

Where candidates tie for the last available place on the reserve list, they will all be included on the reserve list. Any re-admitted candidates following a successful appeal at this stage of the procedure will also be added to the reserve list.

1.   WHO CAN APPLY?

1.1.   General and specific conditions

The general and specific conditions (including knowledge of languages) for each field or profile are indicated in the section ‘Am I eligible to apply?’.

Specific conditions regarding qualifications, professional experience and knowledge of languages vary depending on the profile requested. In your application, you should include as much information as possible regarding your qualifications and professional experience (where required) as described in the section ‘Am I eligible to apply?’ of this notice that is relevant to the duties .

(a)

Diplomas and/or certificates: Diplomas, whether issued in EU or non-EU countries, must be recognised by an official EU Member State body, e.g. an EU Member State’s education ministry. The Selection Board will allow for differences between education systems.

For post-secondary education and technical, professional or specialist training, indicate the subjects covered, the duration and whether it was full-time, part-time or an evening class.

(b)

Professional experience (if required) will be taken into account only if it is relevant to the required duties and:

constitutes genuine and effective work;

is remunerated;

involves a subordinate relationship or the supply of a service; and

subject to the following conditions:

voluntary work: if remunerated and involving similar weekly hours and duration to a regular job;

traineeships: if remunerated;

compulsory military service: completed before or after the required diploma for a period not exceeding the statutory duration in your Member State;

maternity/paternity/adoption leave: if covered by an employment contract;

doctorate: for a maximum of three years, provided the doctorate was actually obtained, and whether or not the work was remunerated; and

part-time work: calculated pro rata on the basis of the number of hours worked, e.g. half-time for six months would count as three months.

1.2.   Supporting documents

At different steps of the selection procedure, you will need to provide an official document proving your citizenship (e.g. passport or identity card) which must be valid on the closing date of your application (closing date of the first part of your application in the case of a 2-part application scenario).

All periods of professional activity must be covered by originals or certified photocopies of:

documents from former and current employer(s) stating the nature and level of duties performed, and start and end dates, with the official header and stamp of the company, and the name and signature of the person in charge; or

employment contract(s) and first and last pay slips, with a detailed description of the duties performed;

(for non-salaried work, e.g. self-employed, liberal professions) invoices or order forms detailing the work performed or any other relevant official supporting documents;

(for conference interpreters where professional experience is required) documents attesting the number of days, and languages interpreted from and into, relating specifically to conference interpreting.

In general, no supporting documents are required to prove your knowledge of languages, except for some linguist or specialist profiles.

You may be asked for additional information or documents at any stage of the procedure. EPSO will inform you of what supporting documents you need to provide and when.

1.3.   Equal opportunities and special adjustments

If you have a disability or a medical condition that may hinder your ability to sit the tests, please indicate this in your application form and let us know the type of special adjustments you need. If a disability or condition develops after you have validated your application, you must inform EPSO as soon as possible using the information indicated below.

Please note that you will have to send a certificate from your national authority or a medical certificate to EPSO in order for your request to be taken into consideration. Your supporting documents will be examined, so that reasonable accommodation can be made where required.

Should you encounter any accessibility issues, or should you require more information, please contact the EPSO-accessibility team by:

email (EPSO-accessibility@ec.europa.eu);

fax (+ 32 22998081); or

post:

European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)

EPSO accessibility

Avenue de Cortenbergh/Kortenberglaan 25

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

BELGIQUE/BELGIË

2.   BY WHOM WILL I BE ASSESSED?

A Selection Board is appointed to compare candidates and select the best ones on the basis of their competencies, aptitudes and qualifications in the light of the requirements set out in this notice of competition. Its members also decide on the difficulty of the competition tests and approve their content on the basis of proposals made by EPSO.

To ensure the Selection Board’s independence, it is strictly forbidden for candidates or anyone outside the board to attempt to contact any of its members, except in the context of tests which require direct interaction between the candidates and the board.

Candidates who wish to state their case or assert their rights must do so in writing, addressing their correspondence intended for a Selection Board to EPSO, which will pass it on to the board. Any direct or indirect intervention by candidates that does not comply with these procedures is forbidden and may result in disqualification from the competition.

The existence of a family relationship or a hierarchical link between a candidate and a Selection Board member, in particular, gives rise to a conflict of interest. Selection Boards are asked to declare any such situations to EPSO immediately when they become aware of them. EPSO will evaluate each case individually and take the appropriate measures. The non-respect of the above mentioned rules could make Selection Board members liable to disciplinary action and result in disqualification from the competition for candidates (see section 4.4).

The names of the Selection Board members are published on the EPSO website (www.eu-careers.eu) before the beginning of the assessment centre/phase.

3.   COMMUNICATION

3.1.   Communication with EPSO

You should consult your EPSO account at least twice a week to keep track of your progress during the competition. If you are prevented from doing so because of a technical problem on EPSO’s side, you must notify EPSO immediately and exclusively via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en).

EPSO reserves the right not to supply information that is already clearly stated in this notice of competition, its annexes or on the EPSO website, including under ‘frequently asked questions’.

In all correspondence relating to an application, please mention your name as given in your EPSO account, your application number and the reference number of the selection procedure.

EPSO applies the principles of the code of good administrative behaviour https://ec.europa.eu/info/about-european-union/principles-and-values/ethics-and-integrity/code-conduct-eu-staff_en (as published in the Official Journal). Accordingly, EPSO reserves the right to cease any improper (i.e. repetitive, abusive and/or irrelevant) correspondence.

3.2.   Access to information

Candidates have specific rights of access to certain information concerning them individually, granted in the light of the obligation to state reasons, in order to allow for an appeal against rejection decisions.

This obligation to state reasons must be balanced with the confidentiality of the Selection Board proceedings, which ensures the boards’ independence and the objectivity of the selection. Due to confidentiality, attitudes adopted by members of Selection Boards regarding the individual or comparative assessments of candidates cannot be disclosed.

These access rights are specific to candidates in an open competition and legislation on public access to documents may not confer on them rights broader than those specified in this section.

3.2.1.   Automatic disclosure

You will automatically receive the following information via your EPSO account after each stage of the selection process organised for a given competition:

MCQ tests: your results and a grid with your answers and the correct answers by reference number/letter. Access to the text of the questions and answers is explicitly excluded;

eligibility: whether you were admitted; if not, the eligibility conditions that were not met;

Talent Screener: your results and a grid with the question weightings, the points awarded for your answers and your total score;

preliminary tests: your results;

intermediate tests: your results if you are not amongst the candidates invited to the next phase;

assessment centre/phase: if you are not disqualified, your competency passport showing your overall marks for each competency and the Selection Board’s comment providing quantitative and qualitative feedback on your performance at the assessment centre/phase.

As a rule, EPSO does not communicate to candidates any source texts or test assignments, as these are intended for re-use in future competitions. For certain tests, however, it may exceptionally publish the source texts or assignments on its website if:

the tests have been completed;

the results have been established and communicated to candidates; and

the source texts/assignments are not intended for reuse in future competitions.

3.2.2.   Information on request

You may request an uncorrected copy of your answers in written tests where the content is not intended for reuse in future competitions. This explicitly excludes answers to e-tray exercises and case studies.

Your corrected answer papers and the details of the marking, in particular, are covered by the secrecy of Selection Board proceedings and will not be disclosed.

EPSO endeavours to make as much information available to candidates as possible, in accordance with the obligation to state reasons, the confidential nature of Selection Board proceedings and the rules on the protection of personal data. All requests for information will be evaluated in light of these obligations.

Any requests for information should be submitted via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en) within 10 calendar days of the day your results were published in your EPSO account.

4.   COMPLAINTS AND ISSUES

4.1.   Technical issues

If, at any stage of the selection procedure, you encounter a serious technical or organisational problem, in order to allow us to investigate the issue and take corrective measures, please inform EPSO exclusively via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en).

In all correspondence, please mention your name (as given in your EPSO account), your application number and the reference number of the selection procedure.

If the problem occurs at a test centre, please:

alert the invigilators immediately so that a solution can be investigated at the centre itself. In any case, ask them to record your complaint in writing; and

contact EPSO no later than 3 calendar days after your tests via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en) with a brief description of the problem.

For problems occurring outside test centres (e.g. mainly concerning the test booking process), please follow the instructions in your EPSO account and on EPSO’s website or contact EPSO immediately via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en).

For issues with your application, you must contact EPSO immediately and in any case before the deadline for applications via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en). Queries sent less than 5 working days before the deadline for applications might not be answered before the deadline.

4.2.   Internal review procedures

4.2.1.   Error in the computer-based multiple choice questions (MCQs)

The MCQ database is subject to permanent in-depth quality control by EPSO and Selection Boards.

If you believe that an error in one or more of the MCQs affected your ability to answer, you are entitled to ask for the question(s) to be reviewed by the Selection Board (under the ‘neutralisation’ procedure).

Under this procedure, the Selection Board may decide to cancel the question containing the error and to redistribute the points among the remaining questions of the test. Only those candidates who received that question will be affected by the recalculation. The marking of the tests remains as indicated in the relevant sections of this notice of competition.

Arrangements for complaints about the MCQ tests are as follows:

procedure: please contact EPSO only via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en);

language: in the Language 2 you chose for the competition in question;

deadline: within 3 calendar days of the date of your computer-based tests;

additional information: describe what the question was about (content) in order to identify the question(s) concerned, and explain the nature of the alleged error as clearly as possible.

Requests received after the deadline or that do not clearly describe the contested question(s) and alleged error will not be taken into account.

In particular, complaints merely pointing out alleged issues of translation, and which do not clearly specify the problem, will not be taken into account.

The same review procedure applies with regard to errors in the e-tray exercise.

4.2.2.   Requests for review

You can request a review of any decision taken by the Selection Board or EPSO that establishes your results and/or determines whether you can proceed to the next stage of the competition or are excluded.

Requests for review may be based on:

a material irregularity in the competition process; and/or

non-compliance, by the Selection Board or EPSO, with the Staff Regulations, the notice of competition, its annexes and/or case law.

Please note that you are not allowed to challenge the validity of the Selection Board’s assessment of the quality of your performance in a test or the relevance of your qualifications and professional experience. This assessment is a value judgment made by the board and your disagreement with the board’s evaluation of your tests, experience and/or qualifications does not prove that it has made an error. Requests for review submitted on this basis will not lead to a positive outcome.

Arrangements for requests for review are as follows:

procedure: please contact EPSO only via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en);

language: in the Language 2 you chose for the competition in question;

deadline: within 10 calendar days of the date on which the contested decision was published in your EPSO account;

additional information: indicate clearly the decision you wish to contest and on what grounds.

Requests received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt within 15 working days. The body which took the contested decision (either the Selection Board or EPSO) will analyse and decide on your request and you will receive a reasoned reply as soon as possible.

If the outcome is positive, you will be re-entered in the selection process at the stage at which you were excluded, regardless of how far the competition has progressed in the meantime.

4.3.   Other forms of contestation

4.3.1.   Administrative complaints

As a candidate in an open competition, you have the right to address an administrative complaint to the Director of EPSO acting as the appointing authority.

You may submit a complaint against a decision, or lack thereof, that directly and immediately affects your legal status as a candidate, only if the rules governing the selection procedure have clearly been infringed. The Director of EPSO cannot overturn a value judgment made by a Selection Board (see section 4.2.2).

Arrangements for administrative complaints are as follows:

procedure: please contact EPSO only via the EPSO website (https://epso.europa.eu/help_en);

language: in the Language 2 you chose for the competition in question;

deadline: within three months of notification of the contested decision or of the date by which a decision should have been made;

additional information: indicate clearly the decision you wish to contest and on what grounds.

Requests received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

4.3.2.   Judicial appeals

As a candidate in an open competition, you have the right to submit a judicial appeal to the General Court, under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations.

Note that appeals against decisions taken by EPSO rather than by the Selection Board will not be admissible before the General Court unless an administrative complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations has first been made (see section 4.3.1). In particular, this is the case with the decisions concerning the general eligibility criteria, which are taken by EPSO not the Selection Board.

Arrangements for judicial appeals are as follows:

procedure: please consult the website of the General Court (http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/).

4.3.3.   European Ombudsman

All EU citizens and residents can make a complaint to the European Ombudsman.

Before you submit a complaint to the Ombudsman, you must first make the appropriate administrative approaches to the institutions and bodies concerned (see sections 4.1.-4.3.).

Making a complaint to the Ombudsman does not extend the deadlines for lodging administrative complaints or judicial appeals.

Arrangements for complaints to the Ombudsman are as follows:

procedure: please consult the website of the European Ombudsman (http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/).

4.4.   Disqualification from the selection procedure

You may be disqualified at any stage in a selection procedure if EPSO finds that you:

have created more than one EPSO account;

have applied to incompatible fields or profiles;

do not meet all the eligibility conditions;

made false declarations or declarations unsupported by the appropriate documents;

have failed to book or sit your tests;

have cheated during the tests;

did not declare in your application form the languages required in this Notice of Competition, or did not declare the minimum level(s) required for those languages;

attempted to contact a member of the Selection Board in an unauthorised manner;

failed to inform EPSO of a possible conflict of interest with a Selection Board member;

submitted your application in a language other than that/those specified in this notice of competition (allowances may be made regarding the use of another language for proper nouns, official titles and job titles as indicated in the supporting documents or labels/titles of diplomas); and/or

signed or wrote a distinctive mark on anonymously marked written or practical tests.

Candidates for recruitment by the EU institutions must show the highest possible integrity. Fraud or attempted fraud may render you liable to penalty and compromise your eligibility for future competitions.

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ANNEX IV

EXAMPLES OF MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS PER COUNTRY AND PER GRADE CORRESPONDING, IN PRINCIPLE, TO THOSE REQUIRED BY THE NOTICES OF COMPETITION

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AST-SC 1 to AST-SC 6

AST 1 to AST 7

AST 3 to AST 11

AD 5 to AD 16

COUNTRY

Secondary education (giving access to post-secondary education)

Post-secondary education (non-university higher education course or short university course lasting at least two years)

University-level education (lasting at least three years)

University-level education (four years or more)

Belgique — België — Belgien

Certificat de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur (CESS)/Diploma secundair onderwijs

Diplôme d’aptitude à accéder à l’enseignement supérieur (DAES)/

Getuigschrift van hoger secundair onderwijs

Diplôme d’enseignement professionnel

Getuigschrift van het beroepssecundair onderwijs

Candidature — Kandidaat

Graduat — Gegradueerde

Bachelor/Professioneel gerichte Bachelor

Bachelor académique (180 crédits)

Academisch gerichte Bachelor (180 ECTS)

Licence/Licentiaat

Master

Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA)

Diplôme d’études spécialisées (DES)

Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (DESS)

Gediplomeerde in de Voortgezette Studies (GVS)

Gediplomeerde in de Gespecialiseerde Studies (GGS)

Gediplomeerde in de Aanvullende Studies (GAS)

Agrégation/Aggregaat

Ingénieur industriel/Industrieel ingenieur

Doctorat/Doctoraal diploma

България

Диплома за завършено средно образование

Специалист по …

 

Диплома за висше образование

Бакалавър

Магистър

Česká republika

Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce

Vysvědčení o absolutoriu (Absolutorium) + diplomovaný specialista (DiS.)

Diplom o ukončení

bakalářského studia (Bakalář)

Diplom o ukončení vysokoškolského studia

Magistr

Doktor

Danmark

Bevis for:

Studentereksamen

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)

Højere Handelseksamen (HHX)

Højere Afgangseksamen (HA)

Bac pro: Bevis for Højere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX)

Videregående uddannelser

= Bevis for = Eksamensbevis som (erhversakademiuddannelse AK)

Bachelorgrad (BA or BS)

Professionsbachelorgrad

Diplomingeniør

Kandidatgrad/Candidatus

Master/Magistergrad (mag.art)

Licenciatgrad

ph.d.-grad

Deutschland

Abitur/Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife

Fachabitur/Zeugnis der Fachhochschulreife

 

Fachhochschulabschluss

Bachelor

Hochschulabschluss/ Fachhochschulabschluss/ Master

Magister Artium/Magistra Artium

Staatsexamen/Diplom

Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen

Doktorgrad

Eesti

Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus + riigieksamitunnistus

Lõputunnistus kutsekeskhariduse omandamise kohta

Tunnistus keskhariduse baasil kutsekeskhariduse omandamise kohta

Bakalaureusekraad (min 120 ainepunkti)

Bakalaureusekraad (< 160 ainepunkti)

Rakenduskõrghariduse diplom

Bakalaureusekraad (160 ainepunkti)

Magistrikraad

Arstikraad

Hambaarstikraad

Loomaarstikraad

Filosoofiadoktor

Doktorikraad (120–160 ainepunkti)

Éire/Ireland

Ardteistiméireacht, Grád D3, i 5 ábhar

Leaving Certificate Grade D3 in 5 subjects

Gairmchlár na hArdteistiméireachta (GCAT)

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

Teastas Náisiúnta

National Certificate

Gnáthchéim bhaitsiléara

Ordinary bachelor degree

Dioplóma náisiúnta (ND, Dip.)

National diploma (ND, Dip.)

Ardteastas (120 ECTS)

Higher Certificate (120 ECTS)

Céim onóracha bhaitsiléara (3 bliana/180 ECTS) (BA, B.Sc, B.Eng)

Honours bachelor degree (3 years/180 ECTS) (BA, B.Sc, B.Eng)

Céim onóracha bhaitsiléara (4 bliana/240 ECTS)

Honours bachelor degree (4 years/240 ECTS)

Céim ollscoile

University degree

Céim mháistir (60-120 ECTS)

Master’s degree (60-120 ECTS)

Dochtúireacht

Doctorate

Ελλάδα

Απολυτήριο Γενικού Λυκείου Απολυτήριο Κλασικού Λυκείου

Απολυτήριο Τεχνικού Επαγγελματικού Λυκείου

Απολυτήριο Ενιαίου Πολυκλαδικού Λυκείου

Απολυτήριο Ενιαίου Λυκείου

Απολυτήριο Τεχνολογικού Επαγγελματικού Εκπαιδευτηρίου

Δίπλωμα επαγγελματικής κατάρτισης (ΙΕΚ)

 

Πτυχίο ΑΕΙ (πανεπιστημίου,

πολυτεχνείου, ΤΕΙ)

Μεταπτυχιακό Δίπλωμα Ειδίκευσης

(2ος κύκλος)

Διδακτορικό Δίπλωμα (3ος κύκλος)

España

Bachillerato + Curso de Orientación Universitaria (COU)

Bachillerato

BUP

Diploma de Técnico especialista

FP grado superior (Técnico superior)

Diplomado/ Ingeniero técnico

Licenciatura

Máster

Ingeniero

Título de Doctor

France

Baccalauréat

Diplôme d’accès aux études universitaires (DAEU)

Brevet de technicien

Diplôme d’études universitaires générales (DEUG)

Brevet de technicien supérieur (BTS)

Diplôme universitaire de technologie (DUT)

Diplôme d’études universitaires scientifiques et techniques (DEUST)

Licence

Maîtrise

Maîtrise des sciences et techniques (MST), maîtrise des sciences de gestion (MSG), diplôme d’études supérieures techniques (DEST), diplôme de recherche technologique (DRT),

diplôme d’études supérieures

spécialisées (DESS), diplôme

d’études approfondies (DEA),

master 1, master 2 professionnel,

master 2 recherche

Diplôme des grandes écoles

Diplôme d’ingénieur

Doctorat

Hrvatska

Svjedodžba o državnoj maturi

Svjedodžba o završnom ispitu

Stručni pristupnik/pristupnica

Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea (sveučilišni prvostupnik/prvostupnica)

Baccalaureus/Baccalaurea (sveučilišni prvostupnik/prvostupnica)

Stručni specijalist

Magistar struke

Magistar inženjer/magistrica inženjerka (mag. ing)

Doktor struke

Doktor umjetnosti

Italia

Diploma di maturità (vecchio ordinamento)

Perito ragioniere

Diploma di superamento dell’esame di Stato conclusivo dei corsi di studio di istruzione secondaria superiore

Diploma universitario (DU)

Certificato di specializzazione tecnica superiore/

Attestato di competenza (4 semestri)

Diploma di laurea — L (breve)

Diploma di laurea (DL)

Laurea specialistica (LS)

Master di I livello

Dottorato di ricerca (DR)

Κύπρος

Απολυτήριο

Δίπλωμα = Programmes offered by Public/Private Schools of Higher Education (for the latter accreditation is compulsory)

Higher Diploma

 

Πανεπιστημιακό Πτυχίο/Bachelor

Master

Doctorat

Latvija

Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību

Diploms par profesionālo vidējo izglītību

Diploms par pirmā līmeņa profesionālo augstāko izglītību

Bakalaura diploms (min. 120 kredītpunktu)

Bakalaura diploms (160 kredītpunktu)

Profesionālā bakalaura diploms

Maģistra diploms

Profesionālā maģistra diploms

Doktora grāds

Lietuva

Brandos atestatas

Aukštojo mokslo diplomas

Aukštesniojo mokslo diplomas

Profesinio bakalauro diplomas

Aukštojo mokslo diplomas

Aukštojo mokslo diplomas

Bakalauro diplomas

Magistro diplomas

Daktaro diplomas

Meno licenciato diplomas

Luxembourg

Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires et techniques

BTS

Brevet de maîtrise

Brevet de technicien supérieur

Diplôme de premier cycle universitaire (DPCU)

Diplôme universitaire de technologie (DUT)

Bachelor

Diplôme d’ingénieur technicien

Master

Diplôme d’ingénieur industriel

DESS en droit européen

Magyarország

Gimnáziumi érettségi bizonyítvány

Szakközépiskolai érettségi-képesítő bizonyítvány

Felsőfokú szakképesítést

igazoló bizonyítvány (Higher

Vocational Programme)

Főiskolai oklevél

Alapfokozat (Bachelor degree 180 credits)

Egyetemi oklevél

Alapfokozat (Bachelor degree 240 credits)

Mesterfokozat (Master degree)

(Osztatlan mesterképzés)

Doktori fokozat

Malta

Advanced Matriculation or GCE Advanced level in 3 subjects (2 of them grade C or higher)

Matriculation certificate (2 subjects at Advanced level and 4 at Intermediate level including Systems of Knowledge with overall grade A-C) + Passes in the Secondary Education Certificate examination at Grade 5

2 A Levels (passes A-C) + a number of subjects at Ordinary level, or equivalent

MCAST diplomas/certificates

Higher National Diploma

Bachelor’s degree

Bachelor’s degree

Master of Arts

Doctorate

Nederland

Diploma VWO

Diploma staatsexamen (2 diploma’s)

Diploma staatsexamen voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs

(Diploma staatsexamen VWO)

Diploma staatsexamen hoger algemeen voortgezet onderwijs (Diploma staatsexamen HAVO)

Kandidaatsexamen

Associate degree (AD)

Bachelor (WO)

HBO bachelor degree

Baccalaureus of ‘Ingenieur’

HBO/WO Master’s degree

Doctoraal examen/Doctoraat

Österreich

Matura/Reifeprüfung

Reife- und Diplomprüfung

Berufsreifeprüfung

Kollegdiplom/ Akademiediplom

Fachhochschuldiplom/Bakkalaureus/Bakkalaurea

Universitätsdiplom/ Fachhochschuldiplom/

Magister/Magistra

Master

Diplomprüfung, Diplom-Ingenieur

Magisterprüfungszeugnis Rigorosenzeugnis

Doktortitel

Polska

Świadectwo dojrzałości

Świadectwo ukończenia liceum ogólnokształcącego

Dyplom ukończenia kolegium nauczycielskiego

Świadectwo ukończenia szkoły policealnej

Licencjat/Inżynier

Magister/Magister inżynier

Dyplom doktora

Portugal

Diploma de Ensino Secundário/

Certificado de Habilitações do Ensino Secundário

 

Bacharel Licenciado

Licenciado

Mestre

Doutorado

România

Diplomă de bacalaureat

Diplomă de absolvire

(Colegiu universitar)

învățământ preuniversitar

Diplomă de licenţă

Diplomă de licenţă

Diplomă de inginer

Diplomă de urbanist

Diplomă de master

Certificat de atestare (studii academic

postuniversitare)

Diplomă de doctor

Slovenija

Maturitetno spričevalo

(spričevalo o poklicni maturi)

(spričevalo o zaključnem izpitu)

Diploma višje strokovne šole

Diploma o pridobljeni visoki strokovni izobrazbi

Univerzitetna diploma/magisterij/specializacija/doktorat

Slovensko

Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške

Absolventský diplom

Diplom o ukončení bakalárskeho štúdia (Bakalár)

Diplom o ukončení vysokoškolského štúdia

Bakalár (Bc.)

Magister

Magister/Inžinier

ArtD.

Suomi/Finland

Ylioppilastutkinto tai peruskoulu + kolmen vuoden ammatillinen koulutus — Studentexamen eller grundskola + treårig yrkesinriktad utbildning

Todistus yhdistelmäopinnoista (Betyg över kombinationsstudier)

Ammatillinen opistoasteen tutkinto — Yrkesexamen på institutnivå

Kandidaatin tutkinto — Kandidatexamen/Ammattikorkeakoulututkinto — Yrkeshögskoleexamen (min. 120 opintoviikkoa — studieveckor)

Maisterin tutkinto — Magisterexamen/Ammattikorkeakoulututkinto — Yrkeshögskoleexamen (min. 160 opintoviikkoa — studieveckor)

Tohtorin tutkinto (Doktorsexamen) joko 4 vuotta tai 2 vuotta lisensiaatin tutkinnon jälkeen — antingen 4 år eller 2 år efter licentiatexamen

Lisensiaatti/Licentiat

Sverige

Slutbetyg från gymnasieskolan

(3-årig gymnasial utbildning)

Högskoleexamen (80 poäng)

Högskoleexamen, 2 år, 120 högskolepoäng

Yrkeshögskoleexamen/

Kvalificerad yrkeshögskoleexamen, 1–3 år

Kandidatexamen (akademisk examen omfattande minst 120 poäng, varav 60 poäng fördjupade studier i ett ämne + uppsats motsvarande 10 poäng)

Meriter på grundnivå:

Kandidatexamen, 3 år, 180 högskolepoäng (Bachelor)

Magisterexamen (akademisk examen omfattande minst 160 poäng, varav 80 poäng fördjupade studier i ett ämne + uppsats motsvarande 20 poäng eller två uppsatser motsvarande 10 poäng vardera)

Licentiatexamen

Doktorsexamen

Meriter på avancerad nivå:

Magisterexamen, 1 år, 60 högskolepoäng

Masterexamen, 2 år, 120 högskolepoäng

Meriter på forskarnivå:

Licentiatexamen, 2 år, 120 högskolepoäng

Doktorsexamen, 4 år, 240 högskolepoäng

United Kingdom

General Certificate of Education Advanced level — 2 passes or equivalent (grades A to E)

BTEC National Diploma

General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ), advanced level

Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education, A level (VCE A level)

Higher National Diploma/Certificate (BTEC)/SCOTVEC

Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ)

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) level 4

(Honours) Bachelor degree

NB: Master’s degree in Scotland

Honours Bachelor degree

Master’s degree (MA, MB, MEng, MPhil, MSc)

Doctorate

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