Successful Completion of EU-10 Recruitments
At the end of 2010, the European Commission had exceeded its targets for recruiting staff from the 10 Member States which joined the EU in 2004. A new report shows that between 1st May 2004 and the end of 2010, the Commission recruited 4,004 officials and temporary agents from the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, well above the ambitious target of 3,508.
The Commission also went beyond the objectives it set for itself for recruiting managers from the EU-10. EU enlargement has also had a positive effect on the gender balance in the Commission, meaning that women now outnumber men in the organisation.
"I am delighted that the recruitment drive following the most recent enlargements has been a resounding success," said Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration. "Selecting and integrating large numbers of new staff from different countries is a challenge for any organisation. We have not only exceeded our targets, but have also found excellent, committed colleagues and have succeeded in easing them into the organisation, which in turn has given the Commission new energy."