FAQ

  1. Are children of contract staff and auxiliary contract staff required to pay school fees?
    30/04/2014

    As Category I pupils, children of contract staff and auxiliary contract staff are exempt from schools fees (known as the "Minerval"). This exemption is accorded provided that "the parent of the child in Category I is employed directly and without interruption by a Community institution or other organisation as decided by the Board of Governors for a minimum period of 1 year". However, the "the right to being a Category I pupil only takes effect from the date on which the existence of a contract of at least one year duration can be proven. This right cannot be applied retroactively." Contract Staff employed for less than one year or those whose contracts are temporarily interrupted are subject to school fees for the period concerned. School fees are calculated on a monthly basis, with each month counting for 1/10 of the school year.

    Keywords: jobs
  2. Are CRMs generally produced under an accreditation scheme?
    30/04/2014

    The appropriate standard for the production of reference materials is ISO Guide 34 “General quality requirements for the production of reference materials”, but it is understood that measurements must comply with the provisions of ISO 17025. There are only very few reference material producers accredited to ISO Guide 34 yet. The Reference Materials Unit of IRMM was the first organisation in Europe to achieve accreditation to ISO Guide 34 for the production of CRMs.

    Institutes: IRMM
    Keywords: reference material, measurement, quality, standard
  3. Are ERM® materials only for Europeans?
    30/04/2014

    No. ERM-CRMs are suitable for any user who requires reference materials of the highest level of assurance. ERM® materials are available from a number of reference material distributors who make them available worldwide. But membership of reference materials producers in the ERM® co-operation is open only to producers located in the European Union, who can demonstrate that they meet certain defined membership criteria. Materials marketed under the ERM® brand have been produced in accordance with the principles laid down in ISO Guides 34 and 35 and have been subject to extensive review by all member organisations.

    Institutes: IRMM
    Keywords: reference material, measurement, quality, standard
  4. Are the GMO CRMs of IRMM checked for the presence/absence of other GM events than the one certified?
    30/04/2014

    The GMO CRMs are gravimetric mixtures of pure GM and non-GM powders certified for a specific GM event as mass fraction (g/kg). IRMM verifies the purity of the two raw materials used for production with respect to the presence of the particular GM event that is certified. The CRMs are not certified for the absence or adventitious presence of other (contaminating) GM events.
    The GMO CRMs can be used as positive controls for the certified GM event for instance to validate a screening method. However, the GMO CRMs should not be used as negative controls for any other GM event than the one certified. Also the blank material of each series is certified to contain less than the certified amount for a given GM event and the absence of this event can not be guaranteed.
    For additional information IRMM has conducted a study to verify the GM composition of 33 raw materials used for the production of the GMO CRMs. Those raw materials have been tested by quantitative PCR for the presence/absence of 39 single GM targets known for 7 plant species. It needs to be noted that adventitious presence of other GM events is likely to be heterogeneously distributed over the batch of raw material and needs to be taken into account when comparing the results obtained so far. These results are summarised in this document and provide an indication about possible adventitious presence.

  5. Are the GMO CRMs of IRMM checked for the presence/absence of other GM events than the one certified?
    30/04/2014

    The GMO CRMs are gravimetric mixtures of pure GM and non-GM powders certified for a specific GM event as mass fraction (g/kg). IRMM verifies the purity of the two raw materials used for production with respect to the presence of the particular GM event that is certified. The CRMs are not certified for the absence or adventitious presence of other (contaminating) GM events.

    The GMO CRMs can be used as positive controls for the certified GM event for instance to validate a screening method. However, the GMO CRMs should not be used as negative controls for any other GM event than the one certified. Also the blank material of each series is certified to contain less than the certified amount for a given GM event and the absence of this event can not be guaranteed.

    For additional information IRMM has conducted a study to verify the GM composition of 33 raw materials used for the production of the GMO CRMs. Those raw materials have been tested by quantitative PCR for the presence/absence of 39 single GM targets known for 7 plant species. It needs to be noted that adventitious presence of other GM events is likely to be heterogeneously distributed over the batch of raw material and needs to be taken into account when comparing the results obtained so far. These results are summarised in the  FAQ GMO_attachment.pdf file [70 KB]  and provide an indication about possible adventitious presence.

     

    Institutes: IRMM
  6. 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.
    Keywords: jobs
  7. Are there studies on intermediate and long term storage of nuclear waste available and can we use your scientific findings?
    30/04/2014

    All studies and research, including our findings, on intermediate and long term storage are typically published in peer review journals and therefore publicly accessible.

    Institutes: ITU
    Keywords: nuclear, waste, safety, sustainability, environment, reference data, research
  8. At what age is it possible to visit the JRC-ITU laboratories?
    30/04/2014

    To visit the laboratories, all visitors must be at least 18 years old - However the entire site has an access restriction for those under the age of 18. This is in line with German Radio Protection Law.

    Institutes: ITU
    Keywords: nuclear, facility, citizen, infrastructure
  9. Can contract staff and auxiliary contract staff benefit from the European Schools system?
    30/04/2014

    The rules governing the organisation and functioning of European schools are set by a series of decisions of the Board of Governors, which is the highest decision-making body for the European Schools system. The Commission sits on the Board of Governors, but only has one vote out of a total of 29. According to the rules set by the Board of Governors, children of statutory staff (those covered by the CEOS, which includes contract staff and auxiliary contract staff) are Category I pupils.

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  10. Can I find employment at the JRC?
    30/04/2014

    The JRC employs some 2750 staff and has an active policy of attracting bright and able scientists. Staffs come from throughout the EU, and from the applicant countries, bringing their skills and talents to help resolve current scientific issues. Major advantages are offered by the scientific and cultural diversity in the JRC's multidisciplinary Institutes and cross-Institute scientific collaboration on focused actions. There are various opportunities to work and train with the JRC, which range from permanent appointments to fellowships for young researchers and senior scientists (see the jobs section). There are also possibilities for short and long-term collaboration with the JRC.