Important legal notice
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An administration at the service of half a billion Europeans

The European Union has a population of 456 million following the enlargement to 25 Member States. And at this point, the Council adopted the most comprehensive reform of the Commission's administration since the Staff Regulations were adopted in 1968.

Human resources management in the EU institutions had failed to keep pace with changing job profiles over recent decades. Management procedures, recruitment, career structure, staff appraisal, training and social policy no longer met the standards now demanded of a dynamic and modern administration.

Against this background the entire spectrum of staff policy - from recruitment to retirement - has been revised. The aim is to produce a civil service, which is up to the task of serving half a billion European citizens; a civil service that listens to the public, and which is efficient, permanent, transparent and independent.

Below you will find information on staff reform:

Careers: Recruitment, career structure, appraisal/promotion, management, mobility/training, pay and pensions

Other Commission staff: Contract, temporary and auxiliary staff, seconded national experts

Modern work conditions: reconciling family and career, flexitime, equal opportunities, stable partnerships and a more comprehensive social infrastructure

Ethics and standards of conduct: wrongdoing, under-performance, whistle-blowing, mediator, harassment, and publication rules

Conflicts of interest/simplification of the Staff Regulations: the right to express opinions, conflicts of interest, absence from service and harassment.

Staff reform: How and when.

Information on working conditions up to 30. April 2004: open competitions, careers, timetable, working conditions and pay levels

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