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A7-0359/2012

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P7_TA(2012)0414

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PE 496.361v02-00 A7-0359/2012

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council introducing, on the occasion of the accession of Croatia, special temporary measures for the recruitment of officials and temporary staff of the European Union

(COM(2012)0377 – C7-0216/2012 – 2012/0224(COD))

Committee on Legal Affairs

Rapporteur: Dagmar Roth-Behrendt

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DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council introducing, on the occasion of the accession of Croatia, special temporary measures for the recruitment of officials and temporary staff of the European Union

(COM(2012)0377 – C7-0216/2012 – 2012/0224(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2012)0377),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 336 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0216/2012),

–   having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   after consulting the Court of Justice,

–   after consulting the Court of Auditors,

–   having regard to the undertaking given by the Council representative by letter of 31 October 2012 to approve Parliament's position, in accordance with Article 294(4) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Legal Affairs (A7-0359/2012),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading, taking over the Commission proposal;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

This regulation, as proposed by the Commission, provides, in connection with the accession of Croatia, for a derogation to the general rules on the recruitment of European Union staff. This is necessary because the rules on recruitment contained in the Staff Regulations for Officials provide that recruitment must be open to all European Union citizens, regardless of nationality.

Traditionally, the requirements have been temporarily adjusted when countries have joined the Union, in order to allow for 'positive discrimination' in favour of acceding countries, allowing them to be appropriately represented amongst the staff of the European Union without undue delay.

This was done when the twelve new countries joined in 2004 and 2007, and the Commission now proposes to do the same for Croatian citizens. The proposed regulation allows, until 2018, for certain recruitment competitions to be reserved for Croatian nationals. This five-year period does not seem excessive.

In particular, these competitions will be for essential Croatian linguistic staff (translators, interpreters, editors, proofreaders and press officers) as well as for generalist administrators and assistants. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) has already launched some of these competitions.

Croatians will only be able to be recruited from the actual date of accession; any Croatian staff employed before that date will, for the time being at least, have the status of contract staff.

This regulation is quite urgent, as it should be in place at the latest by the time Croatia joins the European Union; otherwise, recruitment to linguists' posts in particular will be jeopardised, impairing the institutions' capacity to work in Croatian, which will then be an official language.

The Committee therefore proposes that Parliament should adopt the Commission proposal without amendment, given that the provisions are clear and unobjectionable and that they follow the pattern laid down by previous instruments adopted for the accessions in 2004 and 2007.


PROCEDURE

Title

Introduction, on the occasion of the accession of Croatia, of special temporary measures for the recruitment of officials and temporary staff of the European Union

References

COM(2012)0377 – C7-0216/2012 – 2012/0224(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

17.8.2012

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

JURI

11.9.2012

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

11.9.2012

CONT

11.9.2012

 

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

BUDG

26.9.2012

CONT

11.10.2012

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Dagmar Roth-Behrendt

4.9.2012

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

17.9.2012

 

 

 

Date adopted

6.11.2012

 

 

 

Result of final vote

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24

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0

Members present for the final vote

Raffaele Baldassarre, Luigi Berlinguer, Françoise Castex, Christian Engström, Marielle Gallo, Giuseppe Gargani, Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, Sajjad Karim, Antonio López-Istúriz White, Antonio Masip Hidalgo, Jiří Maštálka, Alajos Mészáros, Evelyn Regner, Francesco Enrico Speroni, Rebecca Taylor, Alexandra Thein, Rainer Wieland, Cecilia Wikström, Zbigniew Ziobro, Tadeusz Zwiefka

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Eva Lichtenberger, Angelika Niebler, Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, József Szájer, Axel Voss

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Sylvie Guillaume

Date tabled

7.11.2012

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