European Parliament legislative resolution of 20 October 2010 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of those Communities (COM(2010)0309 – C7-0146/2010 – 2010/0171(COD))
(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)
The European Parliament
– having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2010)0309),
– 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 (C7-0146/2010),
– having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
– having regard to Council Decision 2010/427/EU of 26 July 2010 establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service(1)
– having regard to the undertaking given by the Council representative by letter of 20 October 2010 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 and the opinions of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Development, the Committee on Budgets and the Committee on Budgetary Control (A7-0288/2010),
1. Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;
2. Takes note of the statements of the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the statement of the Commission annexed to this resolution;
3. 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;
4. Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.
Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 20 October 2010 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No .../2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of those Communities
(As an agreement was reached between Parliament and Council, Parliament's position corresponds to the final legislative act, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1080/2010.)
Statement from the High Representative on geographical balance in the EEAS
The High Representative attaches the highest importance to the recruitment on the broadest possible geographical basis from among the nationals of the Member States of the Union, as well as to ensuring an appropriate and meaningful presence of nationals from all Member States in the Service.
The EEAS should profit fully from the diversity and wealth of experience and expertise developed in the various Foreign Services in the Union.
The High Representative will use all the possibilities offered in the application of the EEAS appointment procedure to achieve these objectives. She will dedicate a section on the issue in her yearly report on the occupation of posts in the EEAS.
Statement from the High Representative on gender balance in the EEAS
The High Representative attaches the highest importance to the promotion of gender balance in the staffing of the EEAS.
A key to the promotion of gender balance is the encouragement of applications from women for posts in the EEAS and the removal of barriers in this respect. On the basis of the experience of the appointment procedure for the 2010 rotation of Heads of Delegation, the EEAS will examine how to take the often non-linear patterns of female application better into account in future appointment procedures and how to remove other possible obstacles. The High Representative will also identify best practices from national diplomatic services and apply them whenever possible to the EEAS.
The High Representative will make full use of all the possibilities offered by Article 1d(2) and (3) of the Staff Regulations in promoting the employment of women in the Service.
The High Representative will dedicate a section on the issue of gender balance in her yearly report on the occupation of posts in the EEAS.
Statement by the Commission with regard to Article 95(2) of the Staff Regulations
The Commission will duly motivate vis-à-vis the High Representative any negative opinion it might express concerning a person on the list of candidates.