Answer given by Vice-President Georgieva on behalf of the Commission
While the Commission does not fully agree with all elements of reasoning set out in the Judgment of the General Court in Cases T-124/13 and T-191/13, Italy and Spain v Commission, referred to by the Honourable Member, the Commission did not appeal that judgment. Indeed, the Commission considers that it is possible to improve several elements of the current general rules on the use of languages in competitions run by EPSO in the light of the judgment. In this vein, EPSO is currently revising its general rules concerning the use of languages in open competitions.
EPSO has put in place competency-based, rigorous and fair high quality selection methods in order to ensure the selection of high quality officials for the institutions. In this revision process, EPSO will strive to ensure both full respect of the principle of non-discrimination including on linguistic grounds, and a proper and smooth functioning of the EU administration in presence of 24 official languages.