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EUROPEAN COMMISSION : EU EXECUTIVE REBUKED FOR FAVOURITISM.

The European Commission's leading trade union, Renouveau et Democratie (R&D), has accused the EU executive of failing to apply both the rules of transparency and the rulings of the Court of First Instance (CFI) condemning favouritism with regard to promotions.

In a letter dated 17 July and addressed to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the Commission, R&D welcomed the celebrations to mark Ethics Day on 6 July but noted that the Commission "should itself be an example of excellence". And yet, continues the trade union, the Commission has taken two Decisions which are contradictory to these principles.

The letter by R&D refers to the "unacceptable" favouritism shown by the Chairman of the Dispensation Committee towards officials working in the different cabinets in 2006. This is contrary to the rules recalled by the Court of First Instance in its judgment delivered on 22 April in Cases T-437/04 and T-441/04. The judge confirmed that "the different and preferential treatment reserved in this case for members of the cabinet ( ) could only be considered to be objectively justifiable if it was required in order to rectify a legal or factual situation which was structurally unfavourable to officials ( ) because of being members of the cabinet". Despite the remarks from staff representatives, the Chairman of the Dispensation Committee still decided to grant the privileges.

The second failure concerns the Commission's Decision to keep two officials whose nominations (as Directors) had been annulled by the rulings of the Court of First Instance (due to lack of proof of being in possession of the required qualifications). R&D calls for the annulment of these appointments and for the creation of an "ethical committee" to ensure a follow up for the implementation of theCourt rulings.

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Title Annotation:Renouveau et Democratie
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Jul 20, 2006
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