FAQ

  1. What is the difference between a Contract Staff member and an Auxiliary Contract Staff member?
    30/04/2014

    There are two categories of Contract Agent. The first category is referred to as contract staff (ex-type 3a) and covers those staff members who are recruited to work:

    • in Commission departments
    • in the Commission’s administrative offices, EPSO, the Commission's representations and European Union delegations.

    A contract staff member is typically engaged for an initial period of two years and for an initial period of three years in a delegation or Commission representation. If the contract is renewed, the duration of the contract shall not be less than one year. Any subsequent renewal shall be for an indefinite period.

    The second category is referred to as auxiliary contract staff (ex-type 3b) and covers those staff members who are recruited to work in the Commission. Members of the auxiliary contract staff are typically engaged for an initial period of one year. If the contract is renewed, the duration of the contract shall as a general rule be two years.

    At the JRC, Auxiliary Contract Staff are recruited in function groups II, III and IV whereas Contract Staff are recruited in function group I.

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  2. What is the minimum length of contracts offered to contract staff and auxiliary contract staff?
    30/04/2014

    The minimum duration of contract for:

    • Contract staff1 is 2 years.
    • Auxiliary Contract staff2 is 1 year.

    1 The applicable article of the Conditions of Employment of Other Agents appears on the contract signed by each Contract Staff member

    2 Idem

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  3. Are there any particular pre-conditions for engagement?
    30/04/2014
    • National of one of the Member States (proven by passport or identity card), derogations to this rule are possible for non-EU Nationals;
    • having fulfilled any obligation concerning military service (proven by an official declaration from the authority responsible for military service);
    • with appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of duties (proven by a recent certificate of good conduct issued for a public administration by the police or another relevant authority);
    • The contract staff member is subject to a medical examination by a medical officer of the institution in order to conform to Article 82, §3, item (d) of the conditions of employment of other servants;
    • A detailed knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another Union language to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties is required.
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  4. Could you list some of the benefits of this type of contract?
    30/04/2014
    • Community taxation and social security;
    • Individual rights and allowances (reimbursement of moving costs, installation indemnities, expatriation allowance, education allowances, family allowances);
    • Unemployment Benefit;
    • European Commission health insurance scheme;
    • Annual medical check-up;
    • Access to the European School.
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  5. Can staff members (contract staff and auxiliary contract staff) expect to have mobility within the institution in a similar way to officials?
    30/04/2014

    Mobility of contract staff members within Commission services is already taking place, subject to the agreement of the services and the person concerned, and the condition that the Contract Staff member maintains her/his status as either a contract staff (FGI) or auxiliary contract staff (FG II, III, IV) member.

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  6. What kind of social security coverage applies to contract staff and auxiliary contract staff?
    30/04/2014

    Contract staff and auxiliary contract staff are covered by the Community social security system. Nevertheless, Article 112 of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants provides for the possibility, under certain conditions and for a limited time-period, for contract staff and auxiliary contract staff to be covered by a national social security system.

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  7. What type of sickness insurance system is provided?
    30/04/2014

    A medical aid scheme is provided for all Commission statutory staff, which includes officials, temporary agents and contractual staff.

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  8. Do contract staff and auxiliary contract staff benefit from medical insurance coverage after the end of their contracts?
    30/04/2014

    Under certain conditions a staff member may continue to be covered for a limited period following the end of their contract.

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  9. What are the unemployment benefit conditions available to contract staff and auxiliary contract staff who lose their jobs?
    30/04/2014

    The provisions contained in the CEOS provide for a Community unemployment allowance to be paid for a period equal to 1/3 of the period worked, up to a maximum limit of 3 years.

    The Community unemployment allowance is paid in addition to any national unemployment benefits. However, the rules which apply in the different national systems vary according to national legislation, which is not harmonised across the European Union.

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  10. What guarantees exist that contract staff and auxiliary contract staffwill eventually be able to benefit from pensions contributions paid into the Community system?
    30/04/2014

    This question is linked to the possibilities of transferring OUT (of the Commission system to a national pensions system) of the actuarial value of the amounts paid into the Community system by contract staff and auxiliary contract staff. It should be noted that although there is an obligation for Member States to transfer amounts paid into national systems into the Commission system (transfer IN), the reverse operation is subject to agreements between the European Institutions and the Member States. Currently, transfers OUT are possible with the national pensions schemes of Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and with the pensions schemes of some international organisations. A calculation of the actuarial value of pensions can be provided upon individual request. Articles 11 §1 and 12 § 1 b) of Annex VIII of the Staff Regulations ensure that the staff member may transfer the amounts paid in to a private insurance or pension fund which fulfils the criteria laid down by Article 12 (whether the possibility of transfer to a former system exists or not). This ensures that the contributions paid in by staff will not be lost.

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