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Decizia privind răspunsul Băncii Europene de Investiții la preocupările legate de deținerea de către aceasta a anumitor informații cu caracter personal ale candidaților la un loc de muncă înainte de deciziile de recrutare (caz OI/5/2021/PB)

Cazul se referea la practica Băncii Europene de Investiții (BEI) de a solicita candidaților la un loc de muncă să furnizeze anumite informații cu caracter personal, în special legate de situația lor familială, înainte de decizia de recrutare a BEI.

Ombudsmanul a recunoscut că BEI instituise această practică în vederea eficientizării procedurilor sale. Cu toate acestea, Ombudsmanul și-a exprimat îngrijorarea cu privire la faptul că colectarea de informații cu caracter personal este disproporționată și poate avea un impact negativ asupra încrederii în procedurile de recrutare ale BEI. Nu toți candidații ar fi neapărat asigurați că informațiile cu caracter personal nu vor juca în niciun caz un rol în șansele lor de a obține postul.

BEI a răspuns că și-a schimbat practicile pentru a răspunde preocupărilor exprimate de Ombudsman.

Ombudsmanul a salutat răspunsul constructiv al BEI și a închis ancheta.

The inquiry

1. The Ombudsman set out the issue in her letter opening the inquiry: the EIB had established a practice whereby it requests certain personal information (such as on household composition and dependants) from job applicants. This practice was related to efficiency concerns. She noted that the EIB had in the meantime changed this practice to make the provision of such information voluntary. This may nonetheless be problematic in practice. If candidates are asked to provide information in the context of a recruitment procedure, they may consider that failing to do so could negatively prejudice their prospects[1].

2. The EIB replied that it had reconsidered its practice and decided not to ask candidates for any information regarding their family situation, including information on dependents - not even on a voluntary basis - before the final candidate is determined. This new procedure is in place since 1 April 2021. As a consequence, applicants are no longer asked to provide information on their family situation during the selection process. Only the selected candidate (i.e. for whom a signed selection note has been sent to Personnel) is asked to provide the personal details regarding their family situation to determine their benefits package. The changes have been formalized in the internal procedures of the EIB[2].

3. The Ombudsman very much welcomes the EIB’s response in this case.

Conclusion

The Ombudsman closes the inquiry with the conclusion that the EIB has given a most constructive response and that the matter is now settled.

Emily O'Reilly
European Ombudsman


Strasbourg, 01/12/2021

 

[1] The Ombudsman’s full letter is here: https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/doc/correspondence/en/143366

[2] The EIB’s full reply is here: https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/doc/correspondence/en/149856