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Document C2015/257A/01

Publication of a vacancy for Members of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board at grade AD 14 (Principal Adviser) — Secretariat-General — Engagement of three Temporary Agents under Article 2(a) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants — COM/2015/20009

OJ C 257A , 6.8.2015, p. 1–4 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

CA 257/1

Publication of a vacancy for Members of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board at grade AD 14 (Principal Adviser)


Engagement of three Temporary Agents under Article 2(a) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants


(2015/C 257 A/01)


We are

The Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB) was established by Commission Decision C(2015) 3263 and will be operational as of 1 July 2015. The RSB replaces the Impact Assessment Board and will contribute to the Commission’s Better Regulation Policy by scrutinising the quality of impact assessments, ex post evaluations, fitness-checks and issuing opinions on the related draft reports. The texts submitted to the RSB will predominantly be drafted and discussed in English.

The RSB will have six members and a chair person (Director-General level). The members of the RSB are expected to work full-time for the RSB. Three members of the RSB will be recruited from outside of the Commission services whilst the remaining three will be selected and appointed from within the European Commission. External Board members will be selected on the basis of their proven academic expertise in impact assessment, ex post evaluation and regulatory policy generally, covering macroeconomics, microeconomics, social and environmental policies.

All RSB members shall serve for a fixed, non-renewable period of 3 years and shall work full-time for the Board. All members of the RSB will be administratively attached to the Secretariat-General. They will be subject to the Staff Regulations governing the conditions of employment of officials and other servants of the European Union and the Commission’s code on good administrative behaviour. These lay down strict rules on ethics, confidentiality and conflict of interest which are particularly relevant and important in relation to the activities of the RSB. In line with the Staff Regulations, Board members may, inter alia, publish papers during the assignment provided that this does not interfere with his or her mandate.

We propose

Three challenging positions as Members of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board with specific duties to:

assess the quality of draft reports on evaluations and fitness checks of existing policies and draft impact assessment reports prepared by the Commission services in support of new political initiatives,

contribute to the preparation of opinions on Commission services’ draft impact assessment, evaluation and fitness check reports and recommendations on how they should be improved,

under the guidance of the Chair person, offer advice to individual Commission services regarding the application and interpretation of the relevant guidelines in particularly challenging assessments/evaluations and on methodological issues, where relevant.

We look for (selection criteria)

The successful candidates should demonstrate:

proven knowledge and competence in the field of regulatory policy, impact assessment or ex post evaluation processes and methodologies, as demonstrated by a solid academic record evidenced, in particular, by relevant publications,

very good knowledge of EU policies and of EU decision-making processes including the Commission’s policy on Better Regulation,

strong analytical skills with a very good capacity for strategic thinking,

specific expertise in one or more of the following fields: macroeconomics, microeconomics; social policy; and environment policy,

very good capacity to organise, coordinate and manage tasks and work relations,

excellent oral and written communication skills in order to liaise, communicate and cooperate efficiently and fluently with internal and external stakeholders.

Candidates must (eligibility criteria)

Candidates will be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following formal criteria to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications.

Nationality: candidates must be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union.

University degree or diploma: candidates must have:

either a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is 4 years or more,

or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least 1 year when the normal period of university education is at least 3 years (this 1 year’s professional experience cannot be included in the postgraduate professional experience required below).

Professional experience: candidates must have at least 15 years’ postgraduate professional experience at a level to which the qualifications referred to above give admission.

At least 5 years of that professional experience must have been gained in a high level advisory function and should be in direct relation to a field relevant for this position.

Languages: have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union (1) and an adequate knowledge of another of these official languages.

Age limit: not yet have reached regular retirement age, which for temporary agents of the European Union is defined as being the end of the month in which the person reaches the age of 66 years (see Article 52(a) of the Staff Regulations) (2).

Independence and declaration of interests

Before taking up their duties, candidates are required to make a declaration of their commitment to act independently in the public interest and of any interests, which might be considered prejudicial to their independence.

Selection and appointment

The European Commission will select and engage the Principal Advisers in accordance with its selection and recruitment procedures (see also the Compilation Document on Senior Officials Policy (3)). As part of this selection procedure, candidates who have been called for an interview with the Commission’s Consultative Committee on Appointments will first have to attend an assessment centre run by external recruitment consultants.

For functional reasons and in order to complete the selection procedure as quickly as possible in the interest of the candidates as well as that of the institution, the selection procedure will be carried out in English and/or French only (4).

Salaries and conditions of employment are those laid down in the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants for temporary agents occupying a function corresponding to the basic post of Principal Adviser at grade AD 14 of the European Union. It is a temporary assignment for 3 years, non-renewable.

Applicants should note the requirement under the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants for all new staff to complete successfully a 9-month probationary period.

Place of employment will be Brussels.

Equal opportunities

The European Commission applies a policy of equal opportunities and non-discrimination in accordance with Article 1d of the Staff Regulations.

Application procedure

The European Commission is organising a selection procedure for three functions of Member of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board. Your application for one function will be considered as an application for all three functions.

Before submitting your application, you should carefully check whether you meet all eligibility criteria (‘Candidates must’), particularly concerning the types of diploma, professional and high level advisory experience as well as linguistic capacity required. Failure to meet any of the eligibility requirements means an automatic exclusion from the selection procedure.

If you want to apply, you must register via the internet by going to the website:

and follow the instructions there concerning the various stages of the procedure.

You must have a valid email address. This is used to identify your registration as well as to keep in contact with you all along the selection procedure. Therefore, please, keep the Commission informed about any change in your email address.

To complete your application, you need to upload a CV in PDF format and to fill out, online, a letter of motivation (maximum 8  000 characters). Both CV and motivation letter must be written in English, French or German.

Once you have finished your online registration, you receive on-screen a registration number that you must write down and remember — this is your reference number in all matters concerning your application.

When you receive this number, the registration process is finished — it is confirmation that the data you entered is registered. If you do not receive a number, your application has not been registered!

Please note that it is not possible to monitor the progress of your application online. You will be contacted directly by the European Commission regarding the status of your application.

If you have a disability that prevents you from registering online, you may submit your application (CV and letter of motivation) on paper by registered mail to the following address: European Commission, Directorate-General for Human Resources and Security, Unit for Executive Staff and CCA Secretariat, SC11 8/59, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË, indicating clearly as a reference: Vacancy for Members of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board (COM/2015/20009), and postmarked no later than the closing date for registration. All subsequent communication between the Commission and you will be by post. In this case, you must enclose with your application a certificate attesting your disability, issued by a recognised body. You should also set out on a separate sheet of paper any special arrangements you think are needed to make it easier for you to take part in the selection.

If you require more information and/or encounter technical problems, please send an email to:

Closing date

The closing date for registration is 28 September 2015, 12.00 noon Brussels time, after which online registrations will not be possible anymore.

It is your responsibility to complete your online registration in time. We strongly advise you not to wait until the last few days before applying, since heavy internet traffic or a fault with your internet connection could lead to the online registration being terminated before you complete it, thereby obliging you to repeat the whole process. Once the deadline for the submission of registrations has passed, you will no longer be able to introduce any data. Late registrations are not accepted.

Important information for applicants

Applicants are reminded that the work of the selection committees is confidential. It is forbidden for applicants to make direct or indirect contact with members of these committees, or for anybody to do so, on their behalf.

Protection of personal data

The Commission will ensure that candidates’ personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (5).




(4)  The selection panel will ensure that no undue advantage is given to native speakers of these languages.

(5)  OJ L 8, 12.1.2001, p. 1.