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Decision in case 171/2019/NH on how the European External Action Service dealt with a request for whistleblower protection and a recruitment procedure in an EU mission

Monday | 19 October 2020

The complainant was a staff member in an EU civilian mission who reported what he considered to be corrupt practices at the European External Action Service (EEAS). He asked the EEAS to protect him as a whistleblower, but the EEAS did not reply. The complainant became concerned that the EEAS advertised his post and carried out the selection procedure as a measure of retaliation against him. He appealed against the outcome of the selection procedure but the EEAS did not reply.

In the course of the Ombudsman’s inquiry, the EEAS replied to the complainant’s appeal and his request for whistleblower protection.

The Ombudsman also inquired into the complainant’s concern about retaliation and found no evidence of retaliation regarding the way in which the EEAS had carried out the selection procedure. She thus closed the case with a finding of no maladministration.

Decision in case 169/2020/LM on how the European Personnel Selection Office dealt with a complaint on a technical problem during a test in a selection procedure for EU civil servants

Monday | 12 October 2020

The complainant participated in a selection procedure organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) for the recruitment of EU civil servants. During the test, the complainant encountered a technical problem with her computer. Even though the incident did not cause any time loss, the complainant considered that her performance in the test was affected by the incident. She argued that EPSO had failed to take proper action to remedy the disadvantage that she suffered and she thus complained to the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman inquired into the issue and found that the matter had been dealt with according to the established procedures. EPSO and the selection board had taken an approach based on objective criteria and applied it equally to all the candidates in the same situation. The Ombudsman thus closed the inquiry with a finding of no maladministration.

Decision in case 267/2020/LM on how the European Personnel Selection Office assessed a candidate’s eligibility in a selection procedure for EU civil servants

Monday | 12 October 2020

The case concerned the European Personnel Selection Office’s decision not to admit the complainant to a selection procedure for EU civil servants in the field of the financial rules applicable to the EU budget due to the complainant’s lack of relevant professional experience.

The Ombudsman inquired into the matter and found that the selection board had taken into account the correct sections of the complainant’s application for the assessment of his professional experience against the eligibility conditions. The Ombudsman found no manifest error in how the selection board assessed the complainant’s professional experience and thus closed the inquiry with a finding of no maladministration.

Decision in case 524/2020/VB on the European Personnel Selection Office’s alleged wrong exclusion of the complainant from an open competition for administrators in the field of audit - EPSO/AD/372/19

Thursday | 01 October 2020

The case concerned how the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) assessed the complainant’s professional experience in a selection procedure for recruiting EU civil servants in the field of audit. 

The Ombudsman found nothing to suggest a manifest error how the selection board assessed the complainant’s qualifications. The Ombudsman therefore closed the inquiry with a finding of no maladministration.

Decision in case 86/2020/VB on how the European Personnel Selection Office assessed the complainant’s talent screener in a selection procedure for the recruitment of EU civil servants in scientific research

Wednesday | 30 September 2020

The case concerned how the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) assessed the complainant’s professional experience and qualifications in a selection procedure for recruiting EU civil servants in the field of scientific research. 

The Ombudsman found nothing to suggest a manifest error how the selection board assessed the complainant’s experience and qualifications. The Ombudsman therefore closed the inquiry with a finding of no maladministration.

Decision in case 389/2020/NH on whether a selection procedure for EU civil servants organised by the European Personnel Selection Office required knowledge that was not mentioned in the notice of competition

Tuesday | 08 September 2020

The case concerned a selection procedure organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) to recruit communication experts to the EU administration. The complainant, who did not pass the selection procedure, argued that one of the tests required candidates to have prior knowledge of Brussels, which gave an unfair advantage to candidates who were familiar with the city.

The Ombudsman found that neither the test assignment, nor the scoring grid used to assess the candidates’ answers, indicated that prior knowledge of Brussels was required.

The Ombudsman closed the inquiry with the finding that there had been no maladministration by EPSO in this case.