NEW PROCEDURE FOR CERTIFICATION :

A SMALL STEP FORWARD, ONE BIG STEP BACKWARDS

 


The new GIPs (General Implementing Provisions) on the certification process, negotiated between the trade unions and DG HR include some improvements, including:


     The requirement for DGs to appoint certified officials as ADs:


"An official on the list who passed the tests may, during the first 18 months following the date of publication of this list, ask the Directorate-General or department responsible to offer him a post in the AD function group. The Directorate-General or the department responsible has a period of 36 months from the publication of the list to respond positively to this request".


It is certainly an important step forward as those who have successfully completed the selection shall no longer have to consider applying for posts in other DGs where they are not known and where their application may not even be considered.


Apart from this positive note, the new GIPs set out that the certification process will become less available in the future.


First, the number of certified officials which had already been reduced by half compared to previous years will not increase. The choice of the DG to include those in the list of candidates with the criteria to participate in the exercise continues.


But the most important change brought by the new GIPs is :

 

    The requirement to hold an annual certification exercise is removed:


"The appointing authority may decide not to hold certification exercises, particularly in view of recruitment forecasts or very limited budget constraints. The appointing authority shall consult with the joint committee for certification and explained the reasons for not holding an exercise in that year."


Thus, the GIPs give a restrictive interpretation of Articles 45 of the Staff Regulations by providing considerable discretion to the appointing authority, which may decide unilaterally whether and how to organize certification exercises in the coming years. According to DG HR, the Staff Regulations impose no obligation to organize certification exercises on an annual basis and cannot create false expectations among colleagues, in the absence of available posts.

 

PLUS understands that DG HR could decide to delay the organisation of the next certification exercise for one or more years, without staff reps able to oppose. For this reason, the trade unions have formally rejected the draft GIPs and called for a political concertation (letter on annex).

 

 

CERTIFICATION SHOULD BE HELD ANNUALLY, BE TRANSPARENT AND OPEN TO ALL